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Nominet’s Libel Case Collapses

Lucien Taylor
Oxford, United Kingdom

Dec 2, 2013 — The company responsible for .CO.UK domain names has dropped its libel lawsuit against a blogger who alleged ‘dishonest’ behaviour by the CEO. The company in 2012 was fined aggravated damages for victimisation of a whistleblower and yet continues to enjoy the unquestioning support of Government officials implicated in the scandal, and the praises and support of the Minister, Ed Vaisey, responsible for the industry.

Tell Safely campaigners are calling for a root and branch review of the scandal, and the handling of whistleblower concerns. Government officials at Dept Culture Media and Sport seem unable to grasp the basics of the Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998), claiming that whistleblowers must be ‘employees’ of the reported organisation to qualify under the protection. To date, they have refused to meet with the campaigners.

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