Contracts of silence

Read the full story from the Columbia Journalism Review.

How the non-disclosure agreement became a tool for powerful people to stymie journalists from informing the public.

How does this article relate to the environment?

Confidential settlements had also, on occasion, been used to quiet plaintiffs who suffered harm from an environmental hazard, something other members of a community might want to have been made aware of. Over time, confidential settlements have been said to play a role in concealing, among other things, the dangers of silicone breast implants, the flaws in a kind of side-mounted gas tank used by GM, and toxic-waste leaks into rivers across America.

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