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Transparency International: TI Condemns Arrest of Anti-Corruption Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

December 09, 2014

Transparency International is deeply concerned by the arrest and the charges brought by a court in Azerbaijan against Khadija Ismayilova (XadicaIsmayil), a journalist and human rights defender who specialises in reporting on corruption, and calls for her immediate release.

Ismayilova was arrested after months of harassment and sentenced to two months pre-trial detention on the charge of "inciting a man to take his life". If convicted, she faces up to seven years in jail.

Washington Examiner: Bad things happen to whistleblowers when watchdogs become attack dogs

December 03, 2014

By MARK FLATTEN

Terrance Peterson was trained in the military to report wrongdoing, regardless of the consequences.

That code of integrity did not serve him well after he reported wrongdoing to the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general.

In January 2013, Peterson complained to the IG about unsanitary conditions at the Wilmington, Del., VA hospital where he worked. He had filed previous complaints that veterans faced needless delays in getting care.

Washington Examiner: IGs form front line of war on waste and fraud, but weak links remain

December 01, 2014

By MARK FLATTEN

Allegations against top officials at the State Department were devastating and had to be suppressed, so the agency’s inspector general quickly obliged, delivering what amounted to a cover-up of a cover-up.

What happened at the State Department is not unusual, recent disclosures show.

Inspectors general are supposed to be the independent watchdogs within federal departments and agencies, exposing waste and corruption while protecting the whistleblowers who raise charges of wrongdoing and inefficiency.

The Independent: Darfur attacks – UN puts up a wall of silence over latest violence in Sudan

November 30, 2014

By SAM MASTERS

Aicha Elbasri thought the war was over. The conflict in Darfur was no more; now the process of rebuilding lives and relocating the millions of displaced could begin.

News Record: Silenced – Whistleblower Documentary Debuts in Amsterdam

November 26, 2014

By ANNE SEWELL

The ground-breaking documentary film, Silenced, was screened at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, running from November 21 to November 24. The film highlights the experiences of some of the top whistleblowers in the United States of America.

The Guardian: 'There were hundreds of us crying out for help' – the afterlife of the whistleblower

November 22, 2014

By ANDREW SMITH

In his former life, Dr Raj Mattu was an internationally recognised cardiologist. On course for a professorship in London, he nonetheless jumped at the chance to return to his home town of Coventry in 1997, to set up a medical school at Warwick University and help turn the large district Walsgrave hospital into a teaching facility. It was a choice he would live to regret.

Greenwire: Hanford whistleblower probe stalled early on -- memo

November 20, 2014

By KEVIN BOGARDUS

A Department of Energy investigation into the contentious firing of a Hanford nuclear waste site official met initial resistance from some of the government's biggest contractors.

Firedoglake: Congressman Criticizes ‘Selective Prosecution’ of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Calls for Pardon

November 20, 2014

By KEVIN GOSZTOLA

On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.”

The Guardian: Are financial whistleblowers worth it? Study says yes – to the tune of $21.27bn

November 19, 2014

By JANA KASPERKEVIC

A new study tracking the economic effects of whistleblowers has found that people who come forward to report wrongdoing helped the US government secure $21.27bn more in fines over 35 years.

Multichannel News: Senate Punts USA Freedom Vote

November 19, 2014

By JOHN EGGERTON

The Senate voted late Tuesday not to take up the USA Freedom Act on the House floor today. That means to get a vote in this Congress, the bill would need to be amended to another bill, likely the must-pass continuing resolution that keeps the government open for business.

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