Whistle-blowing is the act of exposing unlawful activities or misconduct occurring in a society or organisation. Corruption typically takes place behind closed doors. Therefore, encouraging individuals who may have information to speak up, while creating and facilitating a safe environment for them to do so, are foundational to an effective anti-corruption framework. The practice of whistle-blowing should be institutionalised and de-stigmatised while ensuring adequate protection for whistle-blowers. Jamaica’s Protected Disclosures Act, 2011, is among the best-written legislation in the world pertaining to whistle-blowing, but the lack of regulation on the procedures and implementation might be a pivotal factor in the lack of reported cases to the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC).
Anti-informer culture still rife