Whistleblower Retaliation

In November 2019, federal prosecutors in Michigan indicted a man on charges of making death threats against Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the whistleblower at the center of the Trump impeachment proceedings, according to recently unsealed court filings. The message to Zaid came on the heels of a November 2019 rally in which President Trump read aloud tweets by Zaid, commenting: “These people are bad people, and it’s so bad what they do to our country. They rip the guts out of our country.”
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Whistleblower laws are so under-the-radar in the UK that most people don’t know they exist. At the same time, whistleblower retaliation is rampant. The public officials designated to help whistleblowers don’t understand the laws or their roles in enforcing them “leading to confusion, mistrust on both sides and allowing crimes and other wrongdoing to escape scrutiny.”

That has to change, according to a new report from a British Parliament panel on whistleblower laws.

This report shines a light on a culture that too often supports the covering up of wrongdoing and the penalising of whistleblowers. With increasing focus on organisational culture and new global laws and regulations to support transparency and whistleblowers, the UK needs a comprehensive, transparent and accessible framework and an organisation that will support whistleblowers and whistleblowing.
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