Brian Martin is an emeritus professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. He is the author of 17 books and hundreds of articles on dissent, scientific controversies, nonviolence, democracy, education and other topics.
In 2009 in Australia, a citizens’ campaign was launched to silence public criticism of vaccination. This campaign involved an extraordinary variety of techniques to denigrate, harass and censor public vaccine critics. It was unlike anything seen in other scientific controversies, involving everything from alleging beliefs in conspiracy theories to rewriting Wikipedia entries.
Vaccination Panic in Australia analyses this campaign from the point of view of free speech. Brian Martin describes the techniques used in the attack, assesses different ways of defending and offers wider perspectives for understanding the struggle. The book will be of interest to readers interested in the vaccination debate and in struggles over free speech and citizen participation in decision-making.
The book is available as a free download, by courtesy of the publisher, but we would ask those who choose to download the e-book, to please make a donation by clicking on the donate button, order a hard copy for yourself, or ask your local library or educational institution to order it.
Irene Publishing is a non-profit operation, committed to providing works relevant to grassroots social change. Professor Martin does not receive royalties, and the publishers are not paid for their work.
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