Vote Recommendation: For
This proposal aims to repeal GAR #539, "Whistleblower Protection Act" owing to the target Resolution preventing civil and criminal penalties being imposed for libel, its inadvertent prohibition of media entities publishing identifying information of individuals involved in unethical or criminal activities unrelated to government activities, and its indemnification of media entities that propagate the financial information of any government officials.
GAR #539 was written with benevolent intentions and attempted to tackle a significant area of concern for the General Assembly. However, the flaws pointed out by the authors (one of whom, Hulldom, is in fact the author of the target Resolution) are too serious to ignore. The haphazard dissemination of the personal financial information of government officials- the vast majority being otherwise mundane, lower-level officials- has the potential to yield catastrophic consequences for those not involved in any sort of impropriety. The apparent accidental restriction upon media entities seeking to report on the wrongdoings of individuals where said misdeeds are not related to government activities effectively neuters the ability of the press to inform the public of unethical conduct. As for the authors' point about libel, we wholeheartedly agree with their assessment that "... Both governments and citizens ought to have a right not to be lied about." Given that we are assured of a suitable replacement to this Resolution, and that the original author of the target Resolution has taken on the responsibility to repeal their own flawed work, we look forward to the passage of this proposal.
For the above reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For the General Assembly Resolution at vote, Repeal: "Whistleblower Protection Act".
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