TSN joins panel on Israeli whistleblower protection research

On Wednesday, May 24, The Signals Network will join researchers, whistleblower advocates and other stakeholders in a conference panel in Ramat Ganthe to discuss existing legal practices for whistleblowers in Israel, as well as gaps and potential recommendations for better protection.

In July 2022, TSN initiated an exploratory research project by hiring Israeli human rights lawyer Eitay Mack to identify the current processes and protections available for whistleblowers in Israel. Mack then sent detailed and personalized letters to dozens of whistleblower-relevant Israeli authorities asking them their concrete whistleblower policies and procedures. Wednesday’s panel will discuss the authorities’ responses.

The conference is organized by the Corporate Responsibility Clinic of the Academic Center for Law and Business led by lecturer and researcher Dr. Ofer Sitbon.

“It is imperative that Israeli lawyers like Eitay Mack are researching what is lacking in Israel whistleblower protection laws, and we are happy to be discussing his findings at this conference,” said TSN Executive Director Delphine Halgand-Mishra. “Such unprecedented research is a step toward change and better protection for whistleblowers in Israel.”

The panel, which starts at 4 p.m. Paris time / 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, can be watched on Zoom via this link.

The panel includes:

  • The Signals Network Executive Director Delphine Halgand-Mishra
  • Human rights lawyer Eitay Mack Government Accountability Project Legal Director Tom Devine
  • Investigative journalist Gur Megido from the Marker (Haaretz) newspaper
  • Adv. Tzarua Sikron of the Israeli Ministry of Justice Counseling and Legislation Department’s Corruption Prevention Cluster
  • Prof. Yaad Rotem, Head of the Commercial Law Division at the Academic Center for Law and Business
  • Dr. Ofer Sitbon, Head of the Corporate Responsibility Clinic at the Academic Center for Law and Business
  • Students from Sitbon’s clinic who participated in the project including Mr. Reuven Solomon, who exposed corruption in the company he worked for and will present his personal struggle.

The Signals Network (TSN) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting whistleblowers, many of them journalists’ sources, who risk their livelihoods to share public interest information with the press. Founded in 2017 by journalists, whistleblowers and lawyers, TSN operates internationally to hold powerful interests accountable. TSN provides customized support to a selected group of whistleblowers who have contributed to published reports of significant wrongdoing. This support may include legal, psychological, physical safety, temporary safe-housing, online safety, career support and communication support

For journalist inquiries, contact sarah@thesignalsnetwork.org.

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