Freedom to Speak out to be Strengthened
Local government heads who punish employees for speaking out to the media could themselves be fined or even imprisoned.
Workers in local government, which provides a majority of state services in Sweden, already have a protected right to speak out.
But so far bosses who attempted to squash this have been slipping through a loophole and escaping prosecution, as whistleblowing is not enshrined in law, but rather in unions’ employment agreements.
Now Swedish public radio reports that a government inquiry wants to close this loophole for good, by making speaking out to the media a part of Sweden’s constitutional right to freedom of speech.
The formal proposal on this should be ready by 2011.