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Whistleblower's Act



Welcome to this website.

The law protecting the whistleblower is principally aimed at having a better society.

This website is here to give you all the information and assistance you need.

Together we can make a more just and fair society.

Owen Bonnici

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government

Origin of the Whistleblower Act:

The Whistleblower protection law was enacted for the first time in the United States on July 30, 1778 by The Continental Congress.  This came after an incident in 1777, when Richard Marven and Samuel Shaw blew the whistle and suffered severe retaliation by Esek Hopkins, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy.  The Congress declared that the United States would defend the two whistleblowers against a libel suit filed against them by Hopkins. The Continental Congress also declared it the duty of "all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other the inhabitants thereof" to inform the Continental Congress or proper authorities of "misconduct, frauds or misdemeaners committed by any officers in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge." 

Seventy-five years after the ratification of the Constitution, as the Civil War rended the United States, Congress enacted one of the first laws that protected whistleblowers, the 1863 United States False Claims Act (revised in 1986), which tried to combat fraud by military suppliers. The act encouraged whistleblowers by promising them a percentage of the money recovered or damages won by the government and protected them from wrongful dismissal. 

Law Implementation in Malta:

In September 2013, the Maltese government has implemented the Protection of the Whistleblower Act, 2013: an act to make provision for procedures in terms of which employees in both the private sector and the public administration may disclose information regarding improper practices by their employers or other employees in the employ of their employers and to protect employees who make said disclosures from detrimental actions.

Anyone who wants to raise the alarm on an act of corruption or illegality can do so safely within the Whistleblower Act, a law that should also lead to a change in mentality.  By the implementation  of this legislation the citizens are given the right to report abuses, knowing they will be protected by law. 

An Internal Whistleblowing Officer has been appointed in every government ministry to receive reports within the concerned department, and also an External Whistleblowing Officer has been appointed within the Cabinet Office.

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If you want to know more about this legislation.

If you want to learn more about how it works and how it can be of fundamental benefit to you. 

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