More than three and a half years have passed since a law to protect whistle-blowers went into force in April 2006. The law was enacted in response to the courage demonstrated by corporate whistle-blowers in bringing irregularities to light. Revelations in publicized cases have included allegations that a carmaker was hiding customer complaints about vehicle defects and that a food company had mislabeled imported beef as domestically produced beef.

Unfortunately, the law’s effectiveness is being undermined by its failure to sufficiently protect whistle-blowers.

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