Category : whistleblowing

Edward Snowden helps France rediscover its own whistleblowers

alt informationSo far, France has spectacularly failed to protect its whistleblowers. But new proposals may offer some protection. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky writes

“Secrets kill democracy” — Activists protest oppressive secrecy bill

South Africa’s Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is “Camping out for Openness” outside parliament in Cape Town this week as deliberations over the draconian Protection of State Information Bill draw to a close. The National Council of Provinces, the second house of parliament, is due to adopt the bill by the end of November. The bill is ostensibly aimed […]

Sentencing of whistleblower shows cracks in Israeli policy on leaks

Former IDF soldier Anat Kamm’s 4.5 year prison sentence shows the contradictions of Israel’s attitude towards leaks. Elizabeth Tsurkov reports When the Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Anat Kamm to four-and-a-half years in prison for leaking classified documents she obtained during her IDF service to the daily Haaretz, few Israelis were bothered. And no wonder, as Kamm […]

The urge to classify

With the Obama administration failing to honour its commitment to openness, leaks are one of the few means of holding government to account, writes David L Sobel in the new issue of Index on Censorship magazine