Take Action – Distribute

The most effective ways to illustrate the futility of censorship is to distribute the paper widely to engineers, professional societies, engineering deans, professors, journalists, attorneys and others who may not be aware that impediments are placed “in the way” so important information is not freely available.

You can send these people and/or institutions a link to either the English or French translation of the paper so that they can have an opportunity to become better informed.

Sending a short note letting them know about the paper and SEFI’s withdrawl of it from a conference at the last minute would be helpful:

Sample Letter

Dear Sir:

As a professional I am sure that you are aware of events in the world around you.  I want to  let you know about an action taken by an organization called SEFI, the European Society for Engineering Education.

For a conference held in Orleans  France (29 June – 2 July), SEFI2015  accepted a  paper about ethics and the risk to the engineering profession.  The paper discussed, as a case study, the obvious errors in the peer-review process observed in an important engineering journal article. The paper was reviewed by the organization’s Scientific Committee and passed the technical review process.  Just days before the conference began, the authors arrived in France to find that the chairmen of the Scientific Committee had withdrawn the paper with no explanation.  Additionally, the authors were refused entry to the conference when they asked for an explanation.  A copy of this paper entitled, “The World Trade Center Analyses: Case Study of Ethics, Public Policy and the Engineering Profession,” (English or French translation) can be downloaded.

A more complete explanation of the events, including a copy of the paper and the chain of correspondence can be seen at http://censoredbysefi.org/.  Censoring discussion about ethical lapses in engineering journals is not in the best interests of the engineering profession.

If you concur that the paper raises serious issues about ethics, would it be possible for you or your institution to ask SEFI for a public statement explaining the specific reasons for their decision to exclude this paper from the conference?  They can be reached at http://www.sefi.be.  Currently no explanation has been given.

I thank you for your time and look forward to any response that you receive from SEFI which you would be able to share.

Thank You

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