Whistleblowing: The Consequences of Dissent with Professor Gavin MacFadyen

    Monday 20 May 2013
    The Gallery, EC1M 6EJ

    At The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6EJ

    Time: 18.45 - 20.45

    Entrance fee: £3 (£2 concessions)

    Organisations cannot be held to account unless they are open to internal criticism, yet despite measures such as the Public Interest Disclosure Act, individuals within the UK’s institutions, public bodies and corporations are subject to severe gagging constraints. Whistleblowers are heavily penalised, both through mechanisms such as the Official Secrets Act and the Confidentiality Clauses built into employment agreements, and informally through loss of status and income, and social ostracism. How can they be protected, and encouraged to come forward despite the practical and psychological pressures that they face? 

    Gavin MacFadyen will discuss these problems with us. He is Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and has researched, directed and produced investigative programmes in numerous countries around the world. He is currently Visiting Professor at City University, London, and a founder of the broad-support lobbying group, Whistleblowers UK which was launched in 2012.

    We suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand in order to settle in with your glass of wine.