Unmuzzled

During the nine-year Stephen Harper administration in Canada, government scientists there ran into roadblocks when trying to speak with the media, but these policies are now loosening, Nature News reports.

"It was an incredible rigmarole to try and get the most innocuous bit of information to media or the public," says Diane Lake, who was then a communications officer with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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