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Research on Cultural Studies

Mehmet Ali Icbay, Hasan Arslan and Francesco Sidoti

This book is a collection of papers written by researchers, lawyers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of law, communication and arts. The topics include women rights in Turkey, witness statement as evidence in Turkish law, legal regulations about organ or tissue trafficking, the new social movements in Turkey, humorous discourse on social media or the traditional country fairs in Turkey.

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Whistleblowing Related Legal Practices in Turkey



Today, beside positive attitudes and behaviours, employees also witness illegal and immoral activities such as theft, fraud, mobbing, sabotage, and budget misspending of the organisation. However, some employees that recognise the positive behaviours don’t show the same recognition of negative behaviours and they prefer to keep quiet. The main reason that forces employees to keep quiet when they witness such behaviours, is to be named as sneaky, snitch, traitor and an informer by his/her colleagues and superiors. On the other hand, an individual finds himself/herself with a conscientious dilemma when considered the ones who could be affected as a result of the witnessed illegal and immoral activities. This conscientious dilemma mostly stems from an individual’s hesitation to take action against the negative attitudes and behaviours or to keep quiet. But it’s obvious that illegal and unethical activities harm both the image of the institution and the economy of the country in the long term. Especially in recent years the importance of negative impacts of corruption and unethical attitudes in organisations on both employees’ performances and economies of the countries is noticed and possible precautions are being discussed to prevent it. One of the effective ways to prevent such negative attitudes is to encourage whistleblowing. The whistleblowing concept has various definitions by the researchers from different disciplines such as sociology, psychology, ethics, law and public policy. Thus, the universal definition of the whistleblowing concept becomes necessary. Whistleblowing can be defined as the disclosure by organisation members...

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