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Make lying and spreading of disinformation in public office a criminal offence

Submitted by Barbara Maher on Friday 19th January 2024

Published on Tuesday 30th January 2024

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 30th July 2024

Current Signatures: 88
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Make lying and spreading of disinformation in public office a criminal offence

Petition Details

To make it a criminal offence when it is demonstrable that a person or persons in public office has/have knowingly lied and/or spread disinformation and/or suppressed factual information.

Additional Information

We believe this new criminal offence is required in order to restore ethical standards and integrity given the widespread corruption evident across many public office sectors. We think that without accountability for such damaging behaviours, prospects for effective government and public trust in national and local government and other public sector actions are bleak. Without accountability, we believe the Nolan standards are empty words and non-adherence to ethical standards becomes normalised behaviour.


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