Blueprint Whistleblowing Prize

Whistleblowing Prizes

Recipients

  • 2019

    Dr. Nick Martin

    Blueprint International Whistleblowing Prize

    Dr. Nick Martin is the recipient of the 2019 Blueprint International Whistleblowing Prize.

    Royal Navy veteran Martin alerted the world to a healthcare crisis in Nauru, one of the bases of Australia’s offshore immigration detention system

    Nick Martin was a senior medic contracted to look after refugees who had been sent to the Pacific island of Nauru under Australia’s offshore immigration detention policy. In 2017 Martin went public with his concern that lives would be lost due to extended delays in transporting patients off Nauru for medical diagnosis and treatment.

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    Anonymous Barclays Whistleblower

    Special Recognition Award

    Inside Barclays Bank, a whistleblower made an anonymous disclosure about inappropriate recruiting conducted by the CEO. In response, the bank’s CEO set out to hunt down the identity of the discloser.

    The revelation of this retaliation – bringing the CEO’s action to light – itself formed another act of whistleblowing. This second disclosure was critical in showing how those in power can – and do – undermine whistleblower protection structures.

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    ASRC (Australia)

    Special Recognition Award

    Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has played a key role in exposing the Australian Government’s mistreatment of people seeking asylum, who are held in off-shore detention camps in Australia’s South Pacific island neighbours.

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    Larysa Holnyk (Ukraine)

    Special Recognition Award

    Larysa Holnyk is a judge from Ukraine who has been targeted for taking a stand against corruption. Her case shows the limitations of anti-corruption policies in protecting individual whistleblowers at risk, and the importance of a judiciary that is independent and incorruptible.

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    Maria Efimova (Malta/Russia)

    Special Recognition Award

    The murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 as she probed corruption and organized crime ties at the highest level of government showed the extreme danger journalists and whistleblowers can face. A former employee of Pilatus Bank in Malta, Maria Efimova acted as a source for Daphne Caruana Galizia, blowing the whistle on suspected money laundering.

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    Reality Winner (USA)

    Special Recognition Award

    Former US intelligence specialist Reality Winner is paying a high price for ensuring the public’s right to know about nation-state interference in the 2016 US Presidential elections. Her 63 month sentence is the longest ever imposed by a civilian court for the unauthorized release of government information to the media.

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  • 2016

    Chelsea Manning

    Blueprint Enduring Impact Whistleblowing Prize

    Chelsea Manning is the recipient of the 2016 Blueprint Whistleblowing Prize – Hall of Honour For Enduring Impact.

    She is a United States Army soldier, who was imprisoned in military prison for 7 years after being convicted of offenses under the Espionage Act in July 2013 for her acts of whistleblowing. Her sentence was commuted by former President Obama, and she was released from prison on May 17 2017.

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    John Kiriakou

    Blueprint International Whistleblowing Prize

    John Kiriakou is the recipient of the 2016 Blueprint International Whistleblower Prize.

    Self-described “reluctant” whistleblower, Kiriakou is considered the first US intelligence officer to reveal information about the US intelligence community’s use of torture techniques.

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    Dr. Raj Mattu

    Blueprint UK Whistleblowing Prize

    Dr. Raj Mattu is the recipient of the 2016 Blueprint UK Whistleblowing Prize.

    Cardiologist and former employee of the Warwickshire NHS Trust, Dr. Mattu was dismissed by the trust in 2010 following a 9-year campaign of professional vilification.

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    Ari Danikas (Greece/South Africa)

    Special Recognition Award

    Ari Danikas was police reserve officer in the Cato Manor unit of the South African police. This unit typically deals with violent crime, including armed robbery, cash in transit robberies, the protection of politicians, kidnapping, drug trafficking, murder investigations and organised criminal gangs. They are an elite unit of the South African Police. Through the publication of a series of videos and public revelations, Danikas revealed that the unit was allegedly engaged in extrajudicial killing, tampering with crime scenes, and the torture of subjects.

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    Witness K (Australia/Timor Leste)

    Special Recognition Award

    Witness K is a former senior Australian foreign intelligence officer with ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service). In 2004, Witness K refused to be involved in an ASIS operation to ‘bug’ the cabinet rooms of Timor Leste (‘East Timor’) during negotiations for a proposed Oil and Gas treaty between Timor Leste and Australia (the Treaty), said to be worth an estimated AUD$40 billion.

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    Howard Shaw (UK)

    Special Recognition Award

    A distinguished and unblemished member of the MET (the UK police), Howard Shaw served for 30 years, with 15 years of his service at the Scotland Yard Fraud Squad. Throughout his career, Shaw received numerous commendations and awards, including from the judiciary. Shaw was the first whistleblower to successfully bring a whistleblowing detriment employment tribunal case against the MET.

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    Višnja Marilović (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

    Special Recognition Award

    After years of service with the public company Skenderija Centre in her native Bosnia, Višnja Marilović blew the whistle on suspected financial irregularities.

    In 2011, while working as an accountant with the Centre, Marilović reported irregularities in expense reports submitted by the director of the Centre, Saud Dzindo.

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