Informants will no longer be shielded if it is found that they had a motive to harm and bad-mouth their intended targets.
The employee blew the whistle on the executive director of his company, but instead of the pat on the back he was expecting, he was ordered by the High Court in 2022 to pay $50,000 compensation for defamation.
Whistle-blowers serve a valuable function in throwing a spotlight on an organisation’s corrupt behaviour, but there is a fine line between legitimate disclosure and backstabbing, as one man here discovered to his considerable cost.
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