In the Public Interest: Protecting Whistleblowers and Those Who Speak Out aims to strengthen whistleblowing practices - the capability of any of us to speak out successfully whenever, in our working lives, we come to know of unethical or illegal practices. To be successful, however, whistleblowers need to avoid the backlash that often descends upon them, while still stopping the wrongdoing.
Governments worldwide, aware of the benefits that blowing the whistle can bring, have instituted procedures for protecting whistleblowers. More people need to know about these developments, including teachers in colleges and universities, and trainers and consultants in the work force. Managers in organisations, both public and private, will also benefit from this book, for they are the ones increasingly being called upon to develop internal whistleblowing systems.
In the Public Interest: Protecting Whistleblowers and Those Who Speak Out addresses developments in three countries – the US, Australia, and the UK. The legislation and procedures work differently in each country, and have had varying degrees of success. This book examines these differences, attempting to learn from the more successful and suggesting approaches for further strengthening.
Case examples include:
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks
Deep Throat, Richard Nixon and Watergate
Edward Snowden and the NSA
Daniel Ellesberg and The Pentagon Papers
Toni Hoffman, Jayant Patel and Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland