NASW statement on access to government experts during the COVID-19 outbreak

The National Association of Science Writers calls on the Trump Administration to allow government experts to speak freely about the outbreak of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 and the nation’s public health response. Americans must have access to up-to-date and scientifically accurate information that is unfettered by political influence so they can protect their own health while also working to safeguard their families and communities.

NASW’s Information Access Standards underscore the importance of accurate and timely communication about scientific information. Information that is critical to the health of all Americans should not be controlled by political officials, nor should it be politicized.

Founded in 1934 with a mission to fight for the free flow of science news, NASW is an organization of ~ 2,400 professional journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, students and people who write and produce material intended to inform the public about science, health, engineering, and technology. To learn more, visit


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