Suppression of scientific information

Other Names:
Suppression of experimental data

Under certain conditions information in scientific reports is suppressed. This may due to pressures from the bodies sponsoring the reports (government agencies, foundations, or corporations). A common reason is maintenance of national security in the case of governments and maintenance of competitive advantage in the case of corporations. It may also be due to the embarrassing nature of the information and the effect it may have on public opinion.


A French court convicted three former health officials in 1992 on charges of distributing tainted blood that resulted in the infection of more than 1,250 haemophiliacs with the AIDS virus. Of the victim, 273 had already died. One responsible cabinet minister testified that he and others in the government also knew that all blood stocks were contaminated more than four months before they were ordered to be withdrawn.

Related Problems:
Refusal to market new drugs
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST