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Do you think Whistleblowing is ethically justified?

Topic: Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information

7. Do you think Whistleblowing is ethically justified? (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express 

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Abstract Thursdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key demand of the question:

Explain in detail the act of whistle blower and how it can have both perspectives.

Structure of the answer:


Explain what is whistle blowing.


The discussion in such questions can be best explained using examples, students must explain in what way whistle blowing can prove to be unethical or ethical depending on situation.

Explain What are the moral and ethical justification of whistleblowing? – whistleblowing is morally required when it is required at all; people have a moral obligation to prevent serious harm to others if they can do so with little costs to themselves. Give examples to justify your points.

Debate whether whistleblowing is an act of ethical practice?


Conclude with a fair and balanced opinion.