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UK government’s Covid advisers enduring ‘tidal waves of abuse’

Exclusive: Guardian survey shows level of intimidation, including death threats, against scientific and medical advisers

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The “appalling” scale of abuse, intimidation and threatening behaviour directed at the UK government’s scientific and medical advisers has been laid bare in a Guardian survey of experts working on the pandemic.

Dozens of UK advisers described incidents ranging from coordinated online attacks to death threats and acts of intimidation, such as photos being taken of their homes and shared online and suspicious packages arriving in the post, some containing items with messages scrawled on them.

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