n Acta Criminologica : African Journal of Criminology & Victimology - The need for more anonymous whistleblowing in the fight against crime and corruption - editorial

Volume 32 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


Over the years, many questions have arisen about the legitimacy and utility of whistleblowing, the moral and/or social responsibility of whistleblowing, and whether anonymous whistleblowing is in fact ethical. There has also been the evaluation by scholars of the framework for managing whistleblowing in both private and public sectors and of the effectiveness and utility by government departments and (industry) regulatory agencies that are supposedly delegated to deal with, follow up, and manage whistleblowing information and protect whistleblowers from any possible retaliation/reprisals by those accused.

As noble as some of the motivations or sentiments around actual whistleblowing may be, it often takes a great deal of courage, determination and bravery for an individual to ‘come forward’, even anonymously, and provide information/evidence of wrongdoing by individuals or companies/organisations that might well lead to eventual prosecution. Whistleblowers would, consequently, need to be protected and possibly enter a witness protection programme if they fear for their safety.

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