What scientists being ‘muzzled’ looks like in the real world

The worst thing is that this is what I call "passive muzzling" - muzzling that results not from an edict not to talk to the media, but muzzling that occurs due to policy, process, and fear of doing something wrong and being punished for it.

The following day — a Friday — I left a message explaining that I’d followed their procedure to email the media line and no one had responded. Within minutes, someone called me back saying that I would be contacted that day and the contact was “drafting” a response. I repeated my desire to speak with someone directly, not receive an email response. I was told that this would happen and that it would be before my noon deadline.

Noon came and went.