Supporting People who Speak Out

Open Letter to the working party on Fundamental Rights and Free Movement of Persons

Blueprint for Free Speech, together with Riparte il Futuro, FIBGAR, Courage Foundation and ASEBLAC, calls upon the European Council to amend the Directive proposal on whistleblower protection. A copy of our open letter can be found here.[…]

Malta Money-Laundering Whistleblower Asks Protection

A former anti-money laundering investigator on Malta, Jonathan Ferris, who says he has knowledge of massive wrongdoing, will sue to get whistleblower protection he said was deliberately blocked by the government with a scandal reaching Prime Minister's Joseph Muscat's office, The Times of Malta said. Ferris, fired last year a few days after Muscat's re-election, also said the arrest of Pilatus Bank Chairman Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad in the United States will uncover a wide ring of money laundering in an explosive series of events that led to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.[…]

Blueprint publishes Spanish whistleblower advocacy tool

The Spanish government is currently discussing a combined anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law. While this would be an important step into the right direction for a country which has suffered multiple large-scale corruption scandals in recent years, the current proposal would not effectively address the widespread culture of corruption. In one striking example, the draft law does neither include the establishment of a Code of Conduct for Parliamentarians, nor of a transparency register for lobby groups – both essential elements in effective control of abuse of power in politics. The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) had also continuously recommended both measures for implementation. Furthermore, no mechanisms are foreseen that would improve the independence of the judiciary – to date, there are no limitations for members of parliament to engage in the selection process for judges in the highest of Spain’s courts.[…]