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whistleblower

a person, usually an employee, who reveals information, which he is contractually obliged to keep secret, because of an overriding public interest. The principle was recently introduced into the UK by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which has, for example, resulted in an accountant who was dismissed for exposing financial irregularities of his manager to the company headquarters in the USA being awarded not that much short of £300,000.
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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 behaviour.
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."
She also welcomed suggestions by civil society organisations for the consideration of practices from some western countries, where incentives were used to encourage whistle-blowing.
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.
WHISTLE-BLOWING - THE FACTS View the active infographic on what happens to those who speak up.