Preparing for advocacy, resisting attackBrian Martin
Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Conservation Biology - https://doi.org/10.1071/PC17015
Submitted: 15 May 2017 Accepted: 3 September 2017 Published online: 19 September 2017
When scientists engage in public advocacy, or indeed in any public comment on controversial issues, there is a risk they will come under attack. To reduce the possibility of reprisals, it is worthwhile preparing, in several ways, including learning from the experience of others and making mild comments to see the reaction. If there is a serious risk, reducing expenditures and transferring assets can provide extra financial security. Building networks for personal support is crucially important, including family and friends, work colleagues and various others. When coming under attack, it is important to document actions, seek advice and behave sensibly. The most powerful counter to attacks is mobilisation of support. It is important to support scientists who come under attack, as this protects scientific freedom for all.
Additional keywords: dissent, reprisals, resistance, suppression
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