NEWS

This section provides readers with the latest news regarding anti-corruption issues worldwide.

WikiLeaks publishes Australian court gag order

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has accused the Australian federal government of “blindfolding the Australian public” over what it calls an “unprecedented” case of censorship. The whistleblower website has published a Victorian Supreme Court suppression order, concerning a corruption case that involves former and current leaders of Asian nations. Read More

Reining in corruption could prevent Third World child deaths

"The Tackling Tax and Saving Lives report says half the countries in sub-Saharan Africa collect less than 17 per cent of their gross domestic product in tax revenue, whereas in rich countries the average is 35 per cent. If all developing countries were to mobilise 20 per cent of GDP in tax, 287,000 child deaths could be averted each year, and an additional 72 million people could have access to clean water. Often tax revenues provide far more financing than overseas development aid, particularly in middle-income countries. Read More

Gunmaker Smith & Wesson pay $2-m fine for bribing Pakistan officials

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it found that Smith & Wesson employees made improper payments to secure a weapons contract in Pakistan, and also made similar but failed attempts in Indonesia, Turkey, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Read More

ACRC Korea Transparency Newsletter (Summer 2014)

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) was launched on February 29, 2008 through the integration of the Korea Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Ombudsman of Korea, and the Administrative Appeals Commission. With the consolidation of these three organizations, the ACRC now provides citizens with one-stop service dealing with citizen complaints, administrative appeals, and corruption reports in a faster and more convenient way.

UK Public Accounts Committee Report on Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is an important source of intelligence to help government identify wrongdoing and risks to public service delivery. But many concerns go unreported, and the intelligence that does exist is not routinely collected and shared. It is essential that employees have trust in the system for handling whistleblowers, and confidence that they will be taken seriously, protected and supported by their organisations if they blow the whistle. Read More

President Mutharika sacks anti-corruption chief, top prosecutor

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has dismissed the head of the country's anti-corruption watchdog and also sacked Director of Public Prosecution, Nyasa Times understands. Office of President and Cabinet sources told Nyasa Times that Justice Renzine Nzikamanda would be replaced as head of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). "The president is to make appointments of new head of Anti-Corruption Bureau," sources informed. Read More

Indian city installs ATM-like machines to register complaints against police, fight corruption

Indian officials vowing to clamp down on police corruption have installed automated machines where people can file complaints about officers that are sent straight to the senior police chiefs. The pilot project is being first tested in India’s western Gujarat city of Ahmedabad where the automated complaint machines, which have been described as looking like ATM machines, been set up at the Sanand Police Station. Without any charge and completely without the need to speak to a local policeman, locals are able to file complaints about local officers. Read More

Japan to set up special sports corruption unit ahead of Tokyo 2020

The Japanese government has announced plans to set up a special policing unit to monitor and investigate corruption threats to its nations sporting bodies. Government officials confirmed that multiple government agencies would co-operate with the special unit in order to fight sports corruption in Japan and potential threats from abroad ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read More

Police retain 'most corrupt' tag

The Sierra Leone Police has been named most corrupt institution for the second time by an annual survey. The survey was done by the Ant-Corruption Commission (ACC). Members of the police unit are particularly infamous for taking bribes from commercial transport drivers and other offenders. The ACC National Corruption Perception Survey is modelled on Transparency International's global Corruption Perception Index. It is used as a monitoring tool in the fight against corruption, which is said to have seriously hindered Sierra Leone's development. Read More

11 factors behind the success of Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission -- and why it's a model for the Philippines

“Everyone is in touch with corruption from birth until death. When people are born, in some areas, you still need to pay to get birth certificates. The higher you pay, the faster you get it. When you die, you need to get a death certificate. At times, you have to pay more.” Read More

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