PEN is interested in freedom of speech issues in relation to both fiction and nonfiction. In Canada, under the Conservative government of Steven Harper, PEN Canada advocated strongly for publicly funded scientists who were ‘gagged’ and prevented from presenting their research findings in the public arena.
Is the same happening in New Zealand?
Shaun Hendy, author of Silencing Science argues that ‘scientists are often prevented from speaking out, either by commercial interests or concerns about their funding and criticism from their peers.’
Shaun Hendy is professor of physics at the University of Auckland and director of Te Punaha Matatini