It’s time to give serious consideration to paying whistle-blowers. It’s the least we can do, given the perils they go through. I’ve been pondering this idea since I attended an anticorruption round-table, hosted by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, when I was still public protector. In the US, whistle-blower compensation is the cornerstone of a blossoming industry. My commitment to lobby for a law that compensates whistle-blowers was renewed during a recent chat with top Boston lawyer Jack Cinquegrana, during a reunion for the 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. "You don’t pay whistle-blowers?" Cinquegrana asked, clearly flabbergasted. He is a hard-nosed investigative lawyer who is as passionate about investigating corruption as he is about extending access to justice to marginalised communities, particularly migrants. "In my state this is a huge industry wherein lawyers like myself make money," he said. He explained that, in the state of Massachusetts, the law provides tha...

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