To click or not to click?
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To click or not to click?
18. 9. 2017

This is a high technology age and what we see virtually takes place in live relay. Bad news about hacker attacks and fraud of any hue and description reach us almost every day. Tabloid headlines and drastic video shots are attacking us from all front pages. Their ambition is to shock us. Why? They keep the sales and customer clicks high. But it’s fair to admit that we have become hardened. Casualty statistics are perceived as mere numbers and few of us can see the human tragedies behind them. Embezzled funds also look virtual. Shocking news breeds readership, online visits and audience ratings. Sometimes a well-chosen headline or drastic photography may achieve something positive—shock the “right quarters”—and it might seem for a while that somebody is trying to find a solution and put things right. But everything will die down after a while and we are safely “back on track”.

This is a high technology age and what we see virtually takes place in live relay. Bad news about hacker attacks and fraud of any hue and description reach us almost every day. Tabloid headlines and drastic video shots are attacking us from all front pages. Their ambition is to shock us. Why? They keep the sales and customer clicks high. But it’s fair to admit that we have become hardened. Casualty statistics are perceived as mere numbers and few of us can see the human tragedies behind them. Embezzled funds also look virtual. Shocking news breeds readership, online visits and audience ratings. Sometimes a well-chosen headline or drastic photography may achieve something positive—shock the “right quarters”—and it might seem for a while that somebody is trying to find a solution and put things right. But everything will die down after a while and we are safely “back on track”.

I wonder when it was the last time I saw some positive news on the front pages… To tell the truth, I can’t remember, provided it was hidden somewhere in the bottom left corner of the page. But my memory is far from elephant’s and it might be possible that somebody will prove me wrong. I’d be more than happy to hear from him.

Many people wonder if my work for the Anticorruption Endowment is rewarding at all as we derive satisfaction from exposing wrongdoings. Well, oftentimes it is not easy and sometimes I am just plain sad. But there are moments that make one realize that the seemingly futile endeavours, made by the KFPK, might have a silver lining, as any cloud. I am talking about our whistleblowers. They deserve our deepest respect. Those we have awarded to date usually reaped little reward. All of them have been harassed and many faced naked threats where they worked. Some have received death threats. But they would not be deterred and forged ahead with the good job. They blew the whistle on corrupt conduct and saved a lot of money for the state coffers. It might look like a happy end story, but it isn’t so. Many of them are still embroiled in bitter court disputes and some have become burnouts, unable to land a job.

And if somebody succeeds, say, in court, the media will turn the blind eye despite every effort, let alone providing encouragement to the whistleblower. When they get mentioned in a news story concerning proposed legislative change, editors will furnish defamatory titles, branding them stoolies. Let’s face it, nasty headlines sell good.

I firmly hope that in the end we can shock the world one fine day by positive front page news. Such as about this year’s awardees. Before it happens, we can only bow in respect: Dear whistleblowers, ladies and gentlemen, hats off for you!

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Intervention in Zlin T. Bata hospital. Police investigating fraud management

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The Prague City Court sentenced ex-Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs V. Šiška behind bars for his role in manipulating a welfare allowance payment contract. (in Czech only)


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