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Whistleblowing When we consider the controversial topic of Whistleblowing we may wonder which routes are most effective for maintaining a balance between state secrecy and democracy, while preventing a “boy cried wolf” scenario, and determining the consequences for the whistleblower’s actions. In this paper, I will examine the concept of whistleblowing as considered by Rahul Sagar and discuss the validity of his views. First, in Section I, I will introduce the general topic of whistleblowing. Then, I will continue through explaining Rahul Sagar’s assessments of whistleblowing in Section II . Finally, in Section III , I will criticize Sagar views. Section I: What is Whistleblowing? A whistleblower is a person who informs another or makes public disclosure of corruption or wrongdoing in his or her company. However, there are many qualifications that the whistleblowers actions must abide by for it to be considered “whistleblowing.” First the person blowing the whistle must either be an employee or former employee of a company. Second, the information being disclosed to another person or the public must be about a significant moral problem. Third, the person being informed of the company’s corruption, must have the capacity to do something about it. Lastly, the whistleblower conveying the information to another must be a breach in his or her contract. Difference of opinion on these conditions have the possibility to create controversy when bookmarking whether or not someone “blew the whistle.” Whistleblowing is a matter of discussion because while it is a problem due to the scandals it creates, yet it also has the potential of finding a balance between state secrecy and democracy. For instance, whistleblowing would only be used to convey state secrets that a
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person believes is going too far towards a safe yet undemocratic state in hope of balancing out the two. If elected officials were to be in charge of what secrets are released to the public either nothing would get done or the decisions would be bias towards either a safe yet undemocratic or vice versa. Whistleblowing is the best way to ensure no unbiased actions when deciding what state secrets to convey to the public or keep secret.
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