The Brussels branch of the National Union of Journalists (Britain & Ireland) is holding a special meeting on Tuesday 25th April – focusing on the challenge of whistleblower protection.
As government agencies around the world tighten their grip on communications facilities of all kinds, the concept of private communication has almost disappeared. Journalists, lawyers, even government ministers – few are able to guarantee any kind of privacy for their communications.
Which brings into question the principle of ‘protecting your source’, and thus the whole basis of protecting the identity of anyone who blows the whistle on corruption or abuse of power.
Hungarian Green MEP Benedek Javor will speak on whistleblower protection, and the efforts at EU level to bring in a principle of Europe-wide protection for those courageous enough to speak out about misdeeds.
To date, one of the most high-profile whistleblowers remains in exile in Russia. Previous EU whistleblowers have either quietly retired (thanks to constant intimidation), or gained political power as MEPs (forcing the more secretive government agencies to abandon attempts at harassment).
Join the branch meeting for what will be a lively discussion – Tuesday 25 April 2017, 19.15, at the Brussels Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels.
All journalists welcome.