A new platform that allows individuals from across Africa to leak documents that would be of public importance has been launched by the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting in collaboration with the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights.
Supported by several other international organizations, the promoters of the platform said afrileaks is the platform gives the whistle blower identity protection.
“We’ve designed a system that helps you to share these materials while protecting your own identity, making it very hard to identify you as the source of the leak,” they said.
They revealed that afriLeaks is run by an alliance of African news organisations that are committed to speaking truth to power.
They said: “You will be able to send us documents and select which of our member organisations should investigate it. This site also helps you to stay in touch and answer further questions without revealing your name or contact information.”
Before leaking, whistleblowers are enjoined to take some precautionary measures to protect their identity and reduce risks.
“Before you leak information, you should be aware of what can and will happen with the information that you have leaked and how it could possibly be published,” they said.
They enjoined users to answer these questions: Are you the only person with access to this information? In other words, can it be directly related back to you personally? Are you aware that, after the information has been published, people can ask you questions about the leaked information, even without knowing you are the source? Can you handle the pressure that comes with a possible internal or external investigation about the leaked information?
Users are also advised to be aware of the tracing capabilities through advancement in technology.
They said: “You should be aware that whenever you use a computer, mobile phone or the internet, or other forms of communication, most of these actions will leave traces. Investigators could use that kind of information to help identify you, you whereabouts or your contacts. You can take very specific risk mitigating precautions to prevent you from leaving such electronic traces.”