It was suggested to me to use the term "fair witness" instead of "whistle blower" (when proposing to design a university course about such topic, and potentially an academic study to compare the effectiveness of various means of exposing students to such concepts before they graduate and take on professional responsibilities), and I am wondering if and how widespread and accepted is the use of such an alternate term (in real life in general, but more particularly in academia).
The term Fair Witness was introduced by Heinlein in their novel Stranger in a Strange Land, as a profession invented for the novel, and is stated (by Wikipedia) to have been cited in (academic?) texts related to environmentalism, psychology, technology, digital signatures, science, and leadership.
I think that the suggestion was made in support of the idea that reporting on abusive actions should not be left to extreme cases where one judges actions to be abusive and calls to blow a metaphorical whistle to stop everything, but rather to attempt to "observe events and report exactly what is seen and heard, making no extrapolations or assumptions".
I like the idea that whichever term used should be independent of the ideology or the political orientation of the people reporting and the people being reported about, but I thought that the term "whistle blower" already had such an "independence" connotation.