“WHISTLE BLOWING; THE WHISTLE BLOWER; THE WHISTLE BLOWING ACT” A SIMPLE EXPOSE /AN EASY TO READ DISCOURSE ON THE CONCEPT OF WHISTLE BLOWING

Oluyemisi BAMGBOSE

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INTRODUCTION

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The term whistle blower has been connected to U.S.  Civic Activist Ralph Nader who was said to have put “a positive spin on the term in the early 1970s to avoid the negative connotations found in other words such as “informer” and “snitch”[1].”[2] In the 19th century, whistle-blowing was attached to law enforcement agents who use whistle as a means of alerting the public or other policemen of illegality.[3] The term has also been related to sport referees in sports events who used and still use the whistle to indicate illegality or foulness.[4] Other terms synonymously used include snitching, informing or ratting out.


[1] Nader, Petkas and Blackwell, Whistleblowing (1972)

[2] New Scientist 9 Dec. 1971, p. 69: “The Code (of Good Conduct of the British Computer Society) contains secrecy clauses that effectively prohibit Nader style whistle-blowing”.

[3] Gary Martin “The Meaning and Origin of the expression: Whistle-blower”. The Phrase Finder. Retrieved October 21, 2017

[4] Accessed at Etymonline.com and Wordsorigin.org on October 21, 2017


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