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Monday, October 11, 2004

Science Journalism

"Science journalists have accused drug companies of issuing misleading information to inflate perceptions of disease threats and maximise profits from drug sales, and have called for greater journalistic scrutiny of the companies' activities. Speaking at the 4th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) today (5 October), freelance journalist and author Ray Moynihan warned that journalists risk being used as promotional tools. Instead, said Moynihan, journalists should be reporting on the pharmaceutical companies' tactics. But the conference also heard that for many science journalists in developing countries, big companies are an important source of access to the stories they cover — whether they accept the companies' public relations material or not." (More)

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