Canadian journal editors dismissed following editorial dispute

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The Canadian Medical Association has dismissed the top two editors of its peer-reviewed journal in a move that some medical circles said was related to a prolonged dispute over editorial independence, The New York Times reports. The dismissal Monday of Dr. John Hoey, editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and Anne Marie Toddkill, its senior deputy editor, was not followed by a public announcement. Graham Morris, the president of CMA Media, said the dismissals were not tied to a dispute over an article last year about the difficulties that Canadian women experienced in purchasing the birth control pill Plan B. After receiving complaints from a pharmacists’ association, the medical association reportedly ordered the journal’s editors to remove a substantial portion of that article before it was published.

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