24th February 2004
Katharine Gun says she leaked a secret e-mail to prevent democracy at the UN being undermined. Not every whistle-blower has such lofty concerns - but that doesn't mean their actions are any less significant.
Her backers included Sean Penn and Rev Jesse Jackson
No longer are whistle-blowers seen as traitors or tale-tellers, not least because it is far easier - and less risky professionally - to do so.
A whistle-blower highlighted Robert Maxwell's mismanagement
But being a whistle-blower need not involve exposing malpractice or a cover-up, or indeed being victimised for doing so. It may involve something as simple as pointing out a dangling computer cable which could trip up a partially-sighted staff member.
DO AS I SAY...
Enron staff were given note pads with inspiring quotes, such as this by Martin Luther King Jr:"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter'"