The old joke says you can tell a politician is lying if his lips are moving.
When a person or agency backed by the power and resources of the government tells a lie, it sometimes causes harm that only the government can inflict.
Blowing the whistle carries major risks.
In many instances, whistleblowers find the abusive power they have revealed turned against them, both ending their careers and harming their personal lives.
Amazon workers in Seattle walked off the job on Sept. 20 in a climate strike.
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There's no First Amendment in the workplace, which leaves worker activists at the whim of their employers.
Whistleblowing will always take some type of toll, but it need not be career suicide.
Australian laws now give private-sector whistleblowers greater protection than their public-sector counterparts.
Rose McGowan, with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, was among the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein.
Workers are increasingly not keeping their employers' secrets secret, as evidenced by the mass whistleblower event that is the #MeToo movement.
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.
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.
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.
A parting wave.
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Crucially, President Obama has commuted Manning's sentence without pardoning her.
As the curtain falls on the year, one of the most powerful players in the new parliament looks back on his successes.
Whistle blowers still seeking justice.
The protection of confidential journalistic sources in public life is vital. We must not lose it.
Animal welfare advocates protesting a bill to stop whistleblowers in the agricultural industry.
Businesses are trying to set up procedures to help whistleblowers, but better guidance, incentives and regulation are still needed, new research finds.
Stronger laws make for happy dogs.
People who expose wrongdoing – whether it's cruelty against animals or corporate misconduct – deserve better protection and even financial incentives to do the right thing, as the US has shown.
Bill Shorten will on Monday announce a number of proposals aimed at stamping out union corruption.
Tougher penalties and a central role for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission are key parts of Labor's policy to crack down on union corruption.
Former Commonwealth Bank employee Jeff Morris struggled for years to reveal breaches by his employer.
Whistleblowers still so often pay a significant personal and professional cost when they reveal wrongdoing.
The emissions scandal has already taken its toll on Volkswagen.
It's likely that many people knew Volkswagen was cheating on emissions tests, including the engineers who built the 'defeat device'. But why did no-one at the car maker blow the whistle?
Richard Marles said that whistleblower protection laws still apply when it comes to the Border Force Act.
Despite doctors voicing fears they could be jailed for disclosing abuse of refugees, Richard Marles says whistleblower protection laws would still apply in relation to the Border Force Act. Is he right?
Would reporter Bob Woodward have been able to protect Deep Throat’s identity from today’s surveillance tools?
Four decades on, in a digital era of surveillance and data storage, Watergate remains a useful yardstick for assessing the value of source confidentiality.