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Monsanto allegedly operated intelligence centre to discredit critical activists & journalists

Author: Sam Levin, The Guardian, Published on: 8 August 2019

"Revealed: how Monsanto's 'intelligence center' targeted journalists and activists", 08 Aug 2019

Monsanto operated a “fusion center” to monitor and discredit journalists and activists, and targeted a reporter who wrote a critical book on the company, documents reveal... [They] also investigated the singer Neil Young... Monsanto adopted a multi-pronged strategy to target Carey Gillam, a Reuters journalist who investigated the company’s weedkiller and its links to cancer. Monsanto [is] now owned by the German pharmaceutical corporation Bayer...The internal communications add fuel to the ongoing claims in court that Monsanto has “bullied” critics and scientists and worked to conceal the dangers of glyphosate... “I’ve always known that Monsanto... worked to pressure editors and silence me,” Gillam...said... “But I never imagined a multi-billion dollar company would actually spend so much time,...energy and personnel on me. It’s astonishing.”... Bayer spokesman, Christopher Loder, declined to comment on specific documents or the fusion center, but said in... to the Guardian that the records show “that Monsanto’s activities were intended to ensure there was a fair, accurate and science-based dialogue about the company and its products in response to significant misinformation, including steps to respond to the publication of a book written by an individual who is a frequent critic of pesticides and GMOs”... 

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Related companies: Bayer Monsanto (part of Bayer)