Live Poll: Most Courageous Whistleblower Movie Character

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A tribute poll saluting those who courageously act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice on NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY held annually on July 30th.

Which real-life or fictional character portrayal do you think demonstrates the most courage in their whistleblowing?

See the partial list of real-life and fictional whitleblower movie characters here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls048268537/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/R9jcYiLoe3c/
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Kathryn Bolkovac from SFOR as portrayed in The Whistleblower (2010). In those days - although 2 years after the events described in the movie - I conducted inspections of the EU Police and Monitoring Missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina myself for many years and even accompanied the international police monitors in the field on several occasions. I never encountered any of the issues that Bolkovac brought to the public nor did I ever inspected SFOR (which later became EUFOR Althea) where the events took place, but nevertheless I know the international community in Bosnia and the other countries in the Western Balkans quite well so I can imagine what she must have gone through.
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Either Raquel Weisz in The Whistleblower or Meryl Streep in Silkwood
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such a cool poll....so many great choices...

have to go with deep throat...'all the presidents men'...

very very nice one urbane...
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Thanks, I appreciate the comment. I like the topic too and put some time into the whistleblowing captions.
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removed NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY introductory sentence

A tribute poll saluting those who courageously act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice on NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY held annually on July 30th.

Official Secrets , the Keira Knightley as Katharine Gun true story whistleblower movie debuts August 30th
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Official Secrets , the Keira Knightley as Katharine Gun  a true story whistleblower movie debuted August 30th in Canada / USA.
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timely publication??? latest Whistleblower news
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FYI:

Office of the Inspector General United States Department of Defense
Department of Defense Whistleblower Program
http://www.dodhotline.dodig.mil/Programs/Whistleblower/ioguide.html
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PART ONE: Favorite Fictional Whistleblower Movie
U.S. Military 12.5% (3/24) U.S. Government 25% (6/24)

PART TWO: Favorite Real-Life Whistleblower Movie
U.S. Military 42.3% (11/26) U.S. Government 69.2% (18/26)

It is kinda interesting that almost 70% of my sampling of real-life whistleblower movies involve some form of U.S. based government agency. Agencies affiliated with the U.S. Military grab the lion share at over 40% of the total While, likely a bit high as a percentage of the total, it probably the most common theme by far.
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Pretty pitiful that the winner of this poll concerning 'courage' is a fictional whistleblower. C'mon people. And Julian Assange, clearly the most important on the list, who has been unjustly tortured & indicted, possibly now to be executed, is fourth? That just isn't the case. Assange and Wikileaks revelations concerning everything from backdoor spying, intelligence intervention, global censorship- what Snowden did doesn't even come close. Anyhow- If this subject is important to any of you, please look in to and support Suzie Dawson & #1vs5i movement. Check out the videos on YT or her site through the hashtag- def the most important political movement to support right now, period- addresses the very root of our socioeconomic issues, with effective whistleblower protections being one of the core ways of resolving them.
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I have less of an issue with the distribution of votes for three reasons.

One, I don't really see one whistleblower being more courageous than another, they all are courageous.  All whistleblowers know it is going to end well for them, but come forward anyways at great personal sacrifice for the greater good.

Second, while it is easy to admire the real-life whistleblowers over the fictional ones, there are simply less viable options available. The fictional whistleblowers have both greater numbers in pop culture and are both better known and more popular. So, it is not surprising they are better voted and doesn't elevate them as a group. It is simply a function of pollsters voting what they are familiar with.

Three, only a few real-life ones have had a dramatic movie made depicting their story, while a few more may have thier story told through a documentary. The norm is most real-life whistleblowers' stories get no film treatment at all (ie Linda Tripp - Clinton Affair,  Chelsea Manning -  U.S. diplomatic cables,  Bunnatine Greenhouse - Halliburton, Robert Ferro - TRW,  Eileen Foster - Countrywide, Thomas Gerahty / Matthew Burke - Glaxo,etc.). So, a movie poll that features half the answer options being of the real-life variety, in itself is a minor victory.

Comparing them within their respective groups, as was done with these two poll suggestions, may be a fairer comparison: PART ONE: , etc.Favorite Fictional Whistleblower Movie and PART TWO: Favorite Real-Life Whistleblower Movie.
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Mark Ruffalo as a whistleblower Robert Bilott in Dark Waters (2019)
Mark Ruffalo in Dark Waters 2019
Real-life whistleblower: Robert Bilott,
Title: Dark Waters

Case: DuPont knowingly contaminated the public drinking water supply for decades with the toxic chemicals used to makeTeflon. Corporate defense lawyer Bilott exposes the company and fights a twenty year battle against the chemical giant to win compensation for over 70,000 clients nationwide.

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