wall of silence


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wall of silence

Don't ask, don't tell Ethics A popular phrase for the general unwillingness by physicians to report misconduct, incompetence, substance abuse, and other breaches of professionalism committed by colleagues; those who do bring unethical colleagues to public attention are ostracized and/or lose their jobs–Author's note
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And in an open letter his parents Khadija and Papice Sonko, who were marching in his memory today at 12.30pm from Tiber Square on Lodge Lane, urged the wall of silence to end.
DETECTIVES believe they know who shot and killed a Birmingham clubber - but a "wall of silence" has prevented them bringing the gunman to justice.
A WALL of silence surrounds a top policeman who's been on gardening leave for more than 30 months - but been paid more than PS104,000 a year.
Police yesterday appealed for information after meeting a "wall of silence" in investigations.
Much else of Ms Banner's article is downright scaremongering, specifically on the issue of tax-raising powers, about which she claims Welsh politicians have constructed a "wall of silence".
Without her agreeing to talk about life with Joe, the Family Court rules the baby girl will be taken into care, and even the pleas of her legal team do little to break her wall of silence.
The first production, Da Boyz, written by another ex-Brookside writer Carol Cullington, focuses on the wall of silence that surrounds gun crime after a boy is shot dead by rival gang members.
"Six men died in such circumstances and when we tried to find out, we were met with a wall of silence.
The LVF is being blamed for the murder but, similar to the Robert McCartney case in Belfast, police have met with a wall of silence.
Northumbria Police investigating the brutal murder of Scott Pritchard in Hendon, Sunderland, on January 7 released CCTV pictures of five potential witnesses in a bid to break the wall of silence.
That's the dilemma at the heart of the film Wall of Silence, which tells the true story of 17-year-oldJamieRobe.Hewasmurdered in 1997 because he stumbled into the wrong housing estate one night -an estate ruled by a gang of vicious teenagers.
Wall of Silence (Monday, ITV 9 pm) draws out another fine performance from Cold Feet star James Nesbitt.