The whistle-blower


a person who tells someone in authority about something illegal that is happening, 

especially in a government department or a company

Cambridge Dictionary

1 Whistleblowers silenced by China could have stopped global coronavirus spread | 60 Minutes Australia

Coronavirus crisis: Together, apart (2020)
Mid-November in Wuhan, China, and cases of a strange new flu start surfacing. In a sprawling city of 11 million people, the coronavirus, our invisible brutal enemy was born – festering at least a month and a half before the world was told. In January President Xi Jinping made a decision that would ultimately condemn the world: allowing 5 million people to leave the epicentre of the virus without being screened.
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2 Waarom zetten klokkenluiders hun leven voor ons op het spel? (3/5)

21 mei 2014

Edward Snowden, voormalig medewerker van de CIA, zorgde met zijn onthulling over grootschalige afluisterpraktijken voor één van de grootste nieuwsverhalen van de afgelopen jaren. Snowden moet uiteindelijk huis en haard achterlaten om uit handen te blijven van de Amerikaanse autoriteiten. Wat bezielde Snowden? En waarom zijn de meeste van zijn collega’s mannen van middelbare leeftijd?

3 Waarom moet een goed journalist kunnen flirten (4/5)

22 mei 2014

Het interview is volgens drs. Margo Smit als een Zwitsers zakmes, net zoals voor een padvinder een stuk onmisbaar gereedschap voor een journalist. Maar hoe hanteer je het mes het beste? Doorzagen, fileren of beetje bij beetje een stukje afvijlen zonder dat de interviewkandidaat het doorheeft?

4 Waarom trappen journalisten in verhalen over poema’s op de Veluwe? (2/5)

20 mei 2014

In de zomer van 2005 is Nederland in de ban van de poema op de Veluwe. Het dier wordt op verschillende plekken gespot en één van de gelukkigen weet zelfs een foto van het dier te maken. Met vijftig mensen van de marechaussee en enkele wachtopzieners wordt er naar het dier uitgekeken, maar zonder succes. Van het hele poemaverhaal blijkt niets te kloppen. Drs. Margo Smit vertelt in dit college waarom we er toch allemaal intuinden.

Silly season      Cambridge Dictionary
noun [ U ]

mainly UK
the time of year, usually in the summer, when newspapers are full of stories that are not important because there is no important, especially political, news

a period of time when people do or say things that are not sensible or serious:
It’s the political silly season, and this policy is a very silly idea which seems more about public relations than solutions.

Definition of silly season from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

EXAMPLES of silly season
silly season
None of us gets too excited about such stories—the silly season seems to have started early.
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The unfortunate thing about the last few months is that the silly season has lasted so long.
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These examples are from the Cambridge English Corpus and from sources on the web. Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors.

Fewer examples
Perhaps, we may create a new silly season.
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For the moment, at any rate, the silly season is over.
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I know that in the “silly season” we read letters in the newspapers about discourteous shop assistants and that kind of thing.
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Everything that has been associated with that incident, including that question, persuades me that the silly season is starting somewhat earlier than usual.
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I recall that suggestion being made some years ago, but by the end of the silly season it seemed to have disappeared out of sight.
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Some short while ago, in the “silly season”, some newspapers started a popular opinion poll to discover what people thought was the most important thing in life.
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This is the silly season.
From the Hansard archive

However, elsewhere, the museum acknowledges that this was not a serious entry, and was inspired by the silly season.
From Wikipedia

In many languages, the name for the silly season references cucumbers (more precisely: gherkins or pickled cucumbers).
From Wikipedia

That silly season when everybody loves everybody else!
From Wikipedia

5 Waarvoor hebben we nog journalisten nodig nu we Twitter hebben? (1/5)

19 mei 2014

Neem jij de gratis krant die je wordt aangeboden buiten de supermarkt wel eens aan? Waarom zou je eigenlijk? Je kunt het nieuws toch net zo goed op internet opzoeken en ook nog direct van de bron krijgen die staat te twitteren op de plek waar het allemaal gebeurt! Ondanks al deze ontwikkelingen is een journalist volgens drs. Margo Smit nog steeds onmisbaar.

6 Hoe zorgden journalisten ervoor dat gehaaide miljonairs weer belasting moeten betalen? (5/5)

23 mei 2014

Wereldwijd wordt er steeds minder buitenlandjournalistiek bedreven. Uit onderzoek in de lage landen blijkt dat er vooral aandacht is voor wat er zich afspeelt in buurlanden, een beperkt aantal elitelanden en gaat het voornamelijk om ‘hard’ nieuws als oorlog, economie en rampen. Toch is er volgens Drs. Margo Smit nog hoop voor de buitenlandjournalistiek onder andere door internationale samenwerking.

7 Rotherham whistleblower ‘proved right’ | Channel 4 News

6 feb. 2015

It took 16 years, but today the woman who first blew the whistle on the extent of abuse in Rotherham says she’s finally been proved right. 

8 The Whistleblower

1 okt. 2018

Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into American communities — and industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it

9 Jeffrey Wigand: The big tobacco whistleblower

17 dec. 2018

The 1996 Mike Wallace interview that inspired Hollywood’s “The Insider” and changed big tobacco forever.

10 Whistleblower Rick Bright: The 60 Minutes interview

18 mei 2020

Dr. Rick Bright says he’s trained his entire life to recognize outbreaks and viruses. But when he sounded the alarm about the impending coronavirus pandemic, he says the Trump administration ignored his warnings and eventually pushed him out of his job. Norah O’Donnell reports.
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11 Journalist goes undercover at “wet markets”, where the Coronavirus started | 60 Minutes Australia

8 mrt. 2020

 World of Pain (2020) The predictions about the coronavirus catastrophe grow more ominous by the day, and despite the best efforts of countries like Australia in enacting emergency action plans to contain the disease, its spread continues at a worrying rate. Even the World Health Organisation forecasts a world of pain. It says the virus poses a greater global threat than terrorism. That’s bad enough, but medical experts tell 60 MINUTES it’s actually even more terrifying. Professor Gabriel Leung, who led the fight against the SARS virus, believes 60 per cent of the world’s population could become infected with COVID-19 and that up to 45 million people might die from it. For this story, Liam Bartlett has travelled to Hong Kong and Thailand to find out the likely cause of the disease, as well as the latest ongoing efforts to combat it. At all times he and his crew have followed medical advice and undertaken strict protocols to limit their exposure to potential danger.
For forty years, 60 Minutes have been telling Australians the world’s greatest stories. Tales that changed history, our nation and our lives. Reporters Liz Hayes, Allison Langdon, Tara Brown, Charles Wooley, Liam Bartlett and Sarah Abo look past the headlines because there is always a bigger picture. Sundays are for 60 Minutes.

12 Jerk Mailman Prank

8 apr. 2011


Seriously, what a jerk! This crazy mailman decides to completely crushes a blind man’s package just for the heck of it.