The paper published Nov. 2 in Minerva was written by a team of researchers from universities in Israel and Australia. It detailed the experiences of medical professionals who spoke out against public health mandates to curb COVID-19. While it revealed the censorship the aforementioned medical professionals faced, the study also elaborated on how they responded to the suppression.
"The emergence of COVID-19 has led to numerous controversies over COVID-related knowledge and policy," they wrote. It also gave rise to a "perceived threat from doctors and scientists who challenge the official position of governmental and intergovernmental health authorities" – with the study authors branding this "official position" as an "orthodoxy."
They added that supporters of the orthodoxy "have moved to censor those who promote dissenting views."
"Our findings point to the central role played by media organizations, and especially by information technology companies, in an attempt to stifle debate over COVID-19 policy and measures."
According to the researchers, this was accomplished through "widespread use of censorship [and] tactics of suppression that damaged the reputations and careers of dissenting doctors and scientists, regardless of their academic or medical status and their stature prior to expressing a contrary position." (Related: Groundbreaking: Study detail show media, Big Tech censored doctors and scientists who challenged COVID narrative.)
Some of the respondents who spoke to the study authors recounted that the MSM, "which until then had seen them as desirable interviewees, stopped interviewing them and accepting opinion pieces from them." These same media outlets disparaged them as "anti-vaxxers," "COVID deniers," "dis- and mis-information spreaders" and/or "conspiracy theorists." Aside from these, "fact checkers" and other doctors were used to publicly undermine the skeptic doctors and their associates.
They also "reported being censored on social media" through the removal of their content, if not their entire accounts. The removals would be "accompanied by a notice claiming they had violated the 'community rules.'"
Because of this, the authors stated: "In place of open and fair discussion, censorship and suppression of scientific dissent has deleterious and far-reaching implications for medicine, science and public health."
While the study detailed the experiences of the professionals who faced censorship for going against the grain, it also expounded on their responses to the suppression.
"Their initial reaction to the attacks and censorship [were] shock and surprise, since for the first time in their lives, they felt excluded, … attacked by the media and sometimes by their employers … and/or disparaged," the study stated.
"Yet despite the censorship; the personal attacks and defamation; the dismissals; the damage to reputations and the economic price – all respondents nevertheless stated that none of it deterred them, and they decided to fight back using various counter-tactics."
The authors mentioned the five strategies used by medical professionals to combat censorship:
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