Witness K’s lawyer Bernard Collaery addresses outside the Supreme Court. Australia’s laws have shown they don’t do much to protect whistleblowers acting in the public interest.
Australian laws make it inevitable for whistleblowers to be charged whenever national security might be involved, even when the information is in the public interest.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton appears to have backed down from his previous hardline position on AFP raids and press freedom.
While the ministerial direction represents a genuflection in the direction of press freedom, it provides nothing by way of protection for whistleblowers.
The government has approved a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom – a step the major media organisations have dismissed as unnecessary.
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A parliamentary inquiry into press freedom is merely a public relations exercise designed to buy time until the public anger over last month's police raids dies down.
This week’s police raids have forced us to think again about the role of the media in a democracy.
After this week's police raids on media outlets, we need a better way to balance two crucial elements of our democracy - national security and press freedom.
This week’s media raids, including on the ABC, have given Scott Morrison an unwelcome debate about media freedom.
While Scott Morrison and other Liberals have been very concerned about protecting religious freedom, this week's raids have brought unwelcome questions about media freedom.
Sacked: former UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson was dismissed following the alleged leak of sensitive government information.
Politicians have been leaking secrets to journalists as long as newspapers have existed. But it's getting more difficult thanks to surveillance technology.
Whistleblowing on doping can and does have life-altering implications for athletes – new research.
Fraud has organizational consequences.
Adopting best practices like making it easier for staffers to blow the whistle when they observe wrongdoing can help.
Chelsea Manning should be regarded as a whistleblower.
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Chelsea Manning's disclosures on the Iraq war were major milestones in the emergence of the digital age whistleblower.
Lawyer Bernard Collaery, who will be prosecuted along with his client, known as Witness K, for exposing Australia’s spying on Timor-Leste.
Targeting Witness K and his lawyer in the Timor-Leste bugging case shows a government increasingly hostile to the media.
Under the proposed changes to the Criminal Code, anybody could face up to 20 years in jail for communicating unauthorised information.
The government has a lot of work to do on it's proposed foreign influence and official secrets laws to ensure they don't prosecute whistleblowers.
Accountants and other tax professionals can be sued for releasing their client’s information.
Accounts and other tax professionals might face some awkward conflicts of interest thanks to the federal government's proposed whistleblower laws.
Information is valuable and can be risky.
A #MeToo protestor encourages others to ‘balance ton porc’ – expose their aggressors.
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The mere existence of mechanisms to report incidents at work is not enough – whistleblowers have to believe they'll be believed.
Murdered investigative journalist Daphne Carauna Galizia, outside the Libyan embassy in Valletta, Malta.
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Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been killed in Malta – but we must accept that corruption is a problem for all of Europe.
A parliamentary committee has recommended a number of protections for whistleblowers.
We need to reform whistleblower protections if we want them to help maintain the integrity of government, business and non-profits.
Dr. Benjamin Koh blew the whistle on former employee CommInsure in 2016 for their systemic program of denying valid insurance payments.
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Australian authorities are considering offering financial incentives for would-be whistleblowers to motivate them to come forward with high quality information.
Scientists felt strength in numbers at April’s March for Science. But those who speak out individually may suffer career repercussions.
It's not a new phenomenon that scientists who challenge the orthodoxy or policy positions suffer career ramifications.
The US president's attack on confidential sources is one of many legal and technological threats to public interest journalism, as a new report shows
When scientists stand up, do they lose standing?
In the wake of the Flint water crisis and with a new notably anti-science president, U.S. scientists are reevaluating how to navigate the tension between speaking out and a fear of losing research funding.