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We need to protect whistleblowers

  • Published
    30th Jul, 2022

Context:

Recent incidences of killings of RTI activists have threatened the ideals of democracy, which is not confined to any particular state but rather becoming a global phenomenon.

What do the killings of whistleblowers indicate?

  • Demeaning the voice of the democracy: The killing of journalists who had been seeking information from the state directly indicates a failed structure of democratic ideals, demeaning the voice of the people.
  • Violation of Fundamental rights: The right to Information is an inherent right under Article 19(1)(a),i.e., the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression. Curbing the right to get legitimate information is a violation of freedom of speech and expression.
  • A barrier to people’s participation: People seeking information from the state, is a modus operandi of people’s participation. Retaining people away from the information possess a barrier to people’s participation.
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