November 4th, 2010
There is a proposed Protected Disclosures Bill also known as the whistleblower law. This law is intended to persuade employees to divulge information about corruption and inappropriate behaviour at the workplace in the public’s interest. However, the legislators were at an impasse when the question of whether Jamaicans should daringly identify themselves as informers or stay unknown came up.
Some lawmakers felt that people should feel free to speak out against corruption without fear of reprisal. One such person was Opposition colleague and Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell. He said that Jamaicans should openly challenge the ‘informer fi dead’ culture, and when/if they do, the full force of the state should provide the necessary protection for them.
Other legislators clearly did not agree. Member of Parliament for West Central St. James and attorney-at-law, Clive Mullings opposed Paulwell’s view, stating that there can be no change in the culture if a person making the disclosure is fearful of being killed.
What is your opinion on the matter? Do you think a whistleblower’s identity should be disclosed? Have your say…
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