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By KELIN DILLON

Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), through its newly revised code of conduct, has ordered its members and researchers to not publicly criticize the organization without first going through its press office.

The new terms will require that researchers “refrain from issuing negative or unfavorable comments or opinions on the agency’s policies or programs.”

The shift in rules comes after 31 academics from Conacyt were attempted to be placed in a maximum security prison by Mexico’s Attorney General (FGR) for alleged organized crime and embezzlement, just months after several of these same researchers came forward and accused FGR head Alejandro Gertz Manero of plagiarism.

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