Casper Star Tribune: Legislature Needs to Stop Anti-Whistleblowing Legislation in its Tracks
This masthead editorial details why proposed Ag Gag legislation in Wyoming – which would criminalize whistleblowers taking undercover video at farm operations – is "egregious." The bill was drafted in response to an exposé released last year showing atrocious animal abuse at a Wyoming hog farm. If passed, the legislation would prevent truth-tellers from safely exposing such wrongdoing, as well as other threats to the food supply.
Telegraph: Head of NHS Ignored Warning That Patients Were In Danger, Alleges Whistleblower
As many as 500 patients at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals in England may have died needlessly in the past two years due to improper care and an environment that discourages staff-raised safety concerns. The CEO of the National Health Service is being called upon to resign in what is the second scandal of this type in which he has been involved. Last year, a whistleblower that spoke out about the safety concerns came forward saying he was given £500,000 as a severance package to silence him in 2009.
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Reuters: IRS Paid Record $125 Million to Whistleblowers in 2012
The IRS whistleblower program, which has been criticized in years past for slow and inadequate operation, paid out a record $125 million to reward tax-fraud whistleblowers in 2012.
The Times-Picayune: Katrina Whistleblower Scientist Settles With LSU
An out-of-court settlement has been reached for the claim from a former Louisiana State University coastal researcher who says that his career was destroyed because of criticisms he made in 2005 concerning the federal engineers involved with New Orleans’ levee system before and after Hurricane Katrina.
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Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Goverment Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.