October 25, 2012
Bruce Schneier on the convictions of six Italian scientists over a 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila:
[They were] convicted because the public wanted revenge - and the scientists were their most obvious targets. Needless to say, this is having a chilling effect on scientists talking to the public. Enzo Boschi, president of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) in Rome, said: “When people, when journalists, asked my opinion about things, I used to tell them, but no more. Scientists have to shut up.” Also, as part of their conviction, those scientists are prohibited from ever holding public office again.
Written by Weiran Zhang who lives and works in Nottingham. You should follow him on Twitter.