Whistleblowers: Why are "Truth Tellers" Vilified and Prosecuted?

In recent times several democratic governments have pursued whistleblowers in the name national security. Do politicians have contempt for the truth? Are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cyber terrorists or publishers or patriots? Why is the Australian government now pursuing “Witness K” and his lawyer Bernard Collaery after the 2012 revelations regarding the bugging of the Timor Leste government by Australian security operatives in 2004?


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The nature of political and commercial information which is often disclosed by whistleblowers who can be public servants or employed privately.
  • Current examples of whistleblowers in Australia and internationally, including Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Witness K and Chelsea Manning.
  • Historical examples of the prosecution of whistleblowers by democratic governments, including Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers 1971-1974 USA.
  • Increasing levels of surveillance by governments and the erosion of civil liberties post 2001.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the complexities involved when modern governments and organisations pursue or prosecute whistleblowers.
  2. Compare historical and recent examples both nationally and internationally, especially regarding whistleblower motivations.
  3. Evaluate trends in government surveillance and national security legislation post 2001 in the USA and Australia.
$22 Limited

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09 Mar

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