General Assembly Resolution # 539
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Civil Rights
Proposed by: Boston Castle
Observing that some people go to great lengths in order to disseminate information that they believe ought to be public knowledge;
Further observing that some people go to great lengths to stop the dissemination of this information;
Noting that this august assembly has already clarified the freedom of the press in Freedom of the Press, hereby enacts the following:
For the purposes of this resolution:
Whistleblower is defined as any person disclosing previously known illegal or improper activity by a government official, business, or any other organization recognized under power of law.
Media outlet is defined as any private or public entity which disseminates information to a public in a generally accessible medium.
Whistleblowers and media outlets in World Assembly member states shall not be penalized for the dissemination of information about any government project, initiative, or operation provided that:
The information provided does not constitute a threat to critical operational or national security such that its breakdown would result in the breakdown of territorial integrity or loss of life for those involved.
The information provided does not constitute the publication of personally identifying information of any person involved in said operation, though persons disseminating the information may publicize personally identifying information in the event that information is publicly available or is obtained through legally standardized governmental transparency processes.
Whistleblowers and media outlets may not publish personally identifying information of third parties unless said third party is themselves party to a crime committed by a government official.
Whistleblowers and media outlets in World Assembly member states shall not be penalized for the dissemination of financial information of a government official or for the dissemination of a company or government's financial documents.
Businesses in member nations may not hold either whistleblowers themselves or the media outlets who publicize the information obtained by a whistleblower responsible for damages incurred as a result of the publication of aforementioned information.
Whistleblowers in World Assembly member states shall not be penalized for the publication of direct evidence of a crime which has taken place or will take place.
Direct evidence shall include non-violent video, transcripts, documentation, or another method of storing information which contains evidence of a crime that has been committed or will take place under the terms of national law, international law, or a code of conduct instituted by an organization where the crime committed falls under the prerogative of government or international law enforcement.
Video evidence of crimes involving the exploiting of minors may not be disseminated.
Personally identifying information of crime victims may only be published pursuant to prior World Assembly legislation and with the consent of the victim.
Whistleblowers may be held criminally liable for withholding information from law enforcement of crimes that have been committed, are in the process of being committed, or will be committed under national law or international law.
Whistleblowers may not be tried by member states for crimes such as libel, slander, defamation, or other crimes involving speech unless the information disseminated is proven to be demonstrably false or fits into exceptions noted elsewhere.
Similarly, member state governments may not seek legal recourse against any media outlet unless the information is proven to be demonstrably false or fits into exceptions noted elsewhere.