Whistleblower Act comes into force with senior officers designated in every ministry

Parliamentary Secretary Own Bonnici flanked by the Principle Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar, announced that every ministry will have a Whistleblower Officer. At a Press Conference to mar the coming into force the Whistleblower Act, PS Bonnici urged all those who knew of corruption to come forward. He said every ministry would have a senior officer called Whistleblower Officer who would handle cases.

Dr Bonnici said that the Cabinet Office would also have an External Whistleblower Office to receive any information regarding the government and its companies. Dr Bonnici said the law also applies to large private organisations, which are obliged to appoint a Whistleblower officer. People may also report to the regulating authorities.

Small companies have for now been exempt from the law. Dr Bonnici said that the law provides that identity of Whistleblowers may not be revealed under any circumstance. It further provides that such people will also be exempt from disciplinary action. However when reports were not made in good faith, those making the allegations may be subject to action against them.

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