He said it was important to review if the editorial process was adequate enough to address whistle-blowing
. Mr Chilume said the media acted as a balancing platform between government, private sector and the public.
Every whistle-blower is facing a moral dilemma--to refrain from disclosing information, or to defend the public interest, especially since many cultural and working environments see whistle-blowing
as a form of 'snitching'.
Hence, it is expected that personality traits (Big Five) serve as accurate predictors of whistle-blowing
Villanueva said the launch of the whistle-blowing
program, which the portal is now a part of, would help the GCG become more responsive to issues in the GOCC sector.
He justifies this stand by explaining that if online whistle-blowing
organizations choose to go it alone without bringing in more traditional media, they risk compromising the lives, reputation, and security of a lot of people.
Overall, companies were found to lack formal whistle-blowing
channels for employees to report concerns.
He stressed that establishing a whistle-blowing
system entails a strong commitment from the company board and its executives to ensure confidentiality of information relayed by the whistle-blowers, thus protecting their anonymity.
The majority of employers will have a whistle-blowing
policy in their company handbook but managers should be especially aware that the employee in question must not then be subjected to a detriment.
The committee found a "startling disconnect between the generally good quality of whistle-blowing
policies in theory and how arrangements actually work in practice."
More than 70,000 people have downloaded one application that mimics the shrieking sound of a whistle - the symbol of the "whistle-blowing
campaign" against prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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