Already this year, there have been no shortage of reminders that the greatest challenges of our time cannot be solved unless wrongdoing is called out and the truth exposed. The world is facing the combined threats of a global pandemic, global heating, and deep structural inequalities made worse by entrenched corruption.
Often, the illegal acts that exacerbate these crises are only brought to light by individuals who blow the whistle on the wrongdoing they encounter in their daily lives.
In this way, whistleblowers have saved countless lives and billions in public finances. Yet all too often, they face retaliation from their employers, leading to dismissal, as well as legal challenges, attacks on their reputation and even physical harm.
This World Whistleblowing Day, 23 June 2020, we celebrate the people who have come forward to speak out against fraud, abuse and corruption. By telling just a few of their stories and highlighting the progress made so far, we want to show that in 2020, there can be no excuse for leaving whistleblowers unprotected.
Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption. Read the full article here: