By Ojo Precious, OAU
Whistleblowing in journalism means an attempt by journalists to expose wrong doing in or by an organisation. It’s a way of making others aware of practices considered illegal, harmful, etc. It can be internal or external.
Internal whistleblowing has to do with any kind of information that is deemed illegal within the institution and it is exposed. The external whistleblowing, on the other hand, has to do with non-insiders for moral reasons. However, it is expected that a campus journalist who works as a whistleblower experience retaliation in the sense of being suspended or rusticated. Also, their professional competence is usually attacked.
There are factors to consider in whistleblowing;
Examine the issue: Before setting out to whistle blow any issue, it is important to be sure that the matter warrants action. Get your facts right and be firm with it, providing necessary information relevant for anti-corruption agencies to substantiate your claims.
Vet the evidence of your information: Whistleblowers are often accused of libel. Hence, one needs to be certain that evidence at hand can help in the court of law if need arises.
Consult legal practitioner: At every stage of whistleblowing, your lawyer is required to be updated on your moves. He or she helps to determine your legal chances if used and reporting to necessary quarters for assistance.
Get ready for retaliation: It is almost impossible to whistle blow without expecting a pay back from indicted individuals. Like they say “Karma is a bitch” but don’t be disturbed once you have enough evidences to back your allegations.
Journalism is printing out what someone else does not want printed out, everything else is public relations
Journalism is not a profession for the fearful ones, never underestimate the TRUTH.