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No on Prop. 37: French Rat Study Author Made Reporters Sign Confidentiality Agreements Prohibiting them from Consulting Independent Scientific Experts
Date:9/21/2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to new reports in the New York Times, BBC, Reuters and other publications, the authors of the highly controversial French study of rats and biotech foods forced reporters to sign non-disclosure agreements prohibiting journalists from validating the report's findings with independent scientists. Clearly, its authors were concerned that the now-debunked study would wilt under scientific scrutiny, which is exactly what has happened now that the report has been reviewed by independent scientific experts.

According to the BBC:

"In a move regarded as unusual by the media, the French research group refused to provide copies of the journal paper to reporters in advance of its publication, unless they signed non-disclosure agreements. The NDAs would have prevented the journalists from approaching third-party researchers for comment."

The New York Time's Dot Earth blog was even more blunt:

"I have to place it in a big bin of suspect studies "done by people out to prove something rather than investigate something," as the evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen said in a late update to my previous post on this work."

The Yes on Prop 37 campaign was coordinating with the French authors from the very beginning. In fact, within a few hours of the study release, Yes on 37 issued a media advisory announcing a press conference with the study's authors.

"It is clear that this so-called study is nothing more than a propaganda piece intended to create false fear and misinformation to help support the flawed Prop 37 campaign," said No on 37 campaign spokesp
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