[LINK] Journals to Consider U.S. Security in Publishing

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More censorship news ... this time from science community

Journals to Consider U.S. Security in Publishing
By AMY HARMON
<http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/16/science/16SECR.html> free registration
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More than 20 leading scientific journals have made a pact to censor
articles that they believe could compromise national security, regardless
of their scientific merit.
The policy, announced yesterday at a scientific meeting in Denver, is one
of the first concrete steps to emerge from a fierce debate over how to
balance the ethic of openness that has long been the foundation of American
science with calls from some government officials for greater secrecy after
the anthrax attacks in 2001. "We recognize that on occasion an editor may
conclude that the potential harm of publication outweighs the potential
societal benefits," reads a statement endorsed by the journals' editors, as
well as some scientists and Bush administration officials. "Under such
circumstances, the paper should be modified or not be published." The
journals Science, Nature, The Proceedings of the National Academy of
Science and several others ? which together constitute a primary vehicle
for spreading scientific research around the world ? plan to publish
editorials supporting and explaining the policy this week.



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