"this is a scientist who's findings are being blocked"
This is a frequent problem, not only in governments, but in large corporations. As can be seen from parts of this forum, you have to be very careful about what facts are released, and how they are released. The General public thinks that scientists are collectively in some sort of 'Borg' where they all agree with each other, so any release of information will be taken totally seriously.
The general public is not well educated from a scientific perspective, so actually phrasing the information for public consumption is a science in itself. It's called risk communication. There is nothing ominous about that - It's all too easy to release information which can be twisted out of its original context. Press releases are usually carefully vetted by risk communicators in large corporations and government departments.
Take an example of air pollution results released to a local newspaper. It was carefully explained that all the results are below the national advisory levels for all pollutants measured.
What was the headline that came out the next day (in large print)?
Xville Air standards Below National Standards!
We then collectively started to tear our hair out.