"A survey by the Australian Science Media Centre, published today, found around
20% of the 50 Australian scientists who responded have received threats of
physical or sexual violence when speaking about COVID in the media.
Around 62% said they’d been subjected to trolling.
The Centre also worked with science journal Nature
to survey scientists
internationally, and found 15% said they’d received death threats, and 22% were
subjected to threats of physical or sexual violence.
The Conversation spoke to five researchers in Australia who’ve lent their
expertise extensively to media and public discussion around COVID.
Here’s what they said about their experiences of abuse and trolling amid the
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