ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPWhistle-blowers need protection(China Daily) Updated:2016-02-22 07:30Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallCriminal justice: Felons convicted of serious corruption would be prohibited from seeking shorter sentences, under a third reading of the draft amendment to the Criminal Law. The amendment aims to “safeguard judicial fairness”. [Photo/China Daily]Chen wenyan, a teacher in Zunhua, North Chinas Hebei province, was beaten by local police after she tried to report her schools illegal activities to higher authorities in 2010. When her school partly covered her medical costs she was charged with extorting money from them, found guilty and imprisoned. She was found innocent on appeal last September, and got her job back recently. Beijing Times says:Chens story best illustrates the cost of being a whistle-blower in China: as such people are treated as an enemy by local officials, who will use all measures, such as police harassment, to try and stop people from bringing issues to the attention of higher authorities.
Blackmail is a common charge used against whistle-blowers. When whistle-blowers are wounded by police or illegal gangs in the bid to stop them speaking out, some local governments send them aid, in order to trap them. The local procuratorates side with local governments and take the aid as “solid evidence” that the whistle-blowers have been blackmailing officials.
As local courts belong to the same bureaucracy as local governments and often side with them, it is time for the Supreme Peoples Court to intervene to better protect whistle-blowers from injustice.
More importantly, once innocent whistle-blowers are proved to be persecuted for their reporting of any malpractice by local governments to higher authorities, not only should the persecuted be rehabilitated, but also those officials who are found to be involved in the persecution should be punished according to law.
In the aforementioned case, not a single official, prosecutor or court judge involved received punishment for what they did to the innocent whistle-blowers.
The central government needs not just to urge local governments to change their mindsets so they stop treating whistle-blowers as threats. Those who intentionally persecute whistle blowers should be brought to justice according to the law, which will deter them from doing the same again. Whistle-blowers are the driving force of political progress and they are essential to clean politics.8.03KRelated StoriesWalmart whistleblower suspended from postSnowden urges whistleblower protectionWhistleblower deserves protection, not criminal chargeWhistleblower to work with authoritiesMost Viewed Todays Top NewsState media should play due role in properly guiding public opinionEnticements for talentNew chairman must continue along refrom path for marketA sustainable role for the chemical sectorRiot may spell end of radicalism in HKForum TrendsTop 10 domestic news cartoonsTop 10 world news cartoonsOur forumites make their own 2016 calendarHow an American views China and USIs public breastfeeding appropriate?12 stories that touched the heart in 2015Squat or sit?ColumnistsAmerican Dream increasingly distant from most in USPlanning to invest in homes outside key cities? Think againFeatured ContributorsChina doom-sayings are based on separating facts and rhetoricSlower growth consistent with post-industrial eraStar BloggersWhy I continue to teach in China By MichaelMIve been in China for almost four and a half years now, teaching more than 4,000 classes and nearly as many students. It’s given me experiences Ill never forget.My study abroad in the UK By MaierweiAfter a lengthy visa application procedure, I was ready for my first lengthy stay in Europe. I left my dog with my father, jumped on a flight, and there I was, in London, UK.Single? Live differently By subeBeing single is a lifestyle. We cannot say it is an alternative. It is a well-established civil status and there are many people permanently or temporarily living single.SpecialChina Dream in expats eyes2015 China impressionPresident Xis UK visit in foreigners eye…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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