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Serious concern has been voiced by journal editors, editors’ organizations, and health professionals around the world about the recent firings of the Canadian Medical Association Journal’s editor and senior deputy editor, John Hoey and Anne Marie Todkill, by the Canadian Medical Association. No specific reason was given for the action, and the editors have not spoken publicly about it since they are bound by confidentiality agreements, but it appears to have occurred in the context of interference with the journal’s editorial function and role in informing readers. As Editor, I express deep concern over the dismissals and affirm Birth’s commitment to the principles of editorial independence described in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals and by the World Association of Medical Editors. Birth endorses the following statement by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in response to the dismissals: “If a journal is to serve as an independent scientific voice, the editor must be free to publish anything that addresses contemporary problems in medicine.”