AfriLeaks, an anonymous whistleblowing platform for Africa, has been launched today, the Guardian reports.
The platform is designed to securely connect whistleblowers with media organizations across Africa and to teach journalists how to effectively verify and investigate the quality of leaked information, the Guardian says.
“AfriLeaks allows you to leak confidential documents of public interest. We’ve designed a system that helps you to share these materials while protecting your own identity, so that it becomes impossible to identify you as the source of the leak.” – says a statement of the platform.
The difference between WikiLeaks and AfriLeaks is that the former publishes secret information, news and classified media taken from anonymous sources, while the latter will act only as a facilitator without publishing any secret information itself, Deutsche Welle reported.
The idea is that a whistleblower sends files to AfriLeaks securely and nominates a media organization he/she wants to investigate the information. The whistleblower can choose to remain anonymous. In other words, the leak itself is not a story, but the lead to a potential story, according to the Guardian.
So far, the media outlets that have signed up to the initiative are South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, Botswana’s Guardian, The Zimbabwean and Mozambique’s Verdade, the Guardian says.
“Whistleblowers that we spoke with were not aware of measures such as encrypted email,” says Khadija Sharife, an investigative journalist based in South Africa, as quoted by the Guardian. “Nor did many have the experience to pursue the safest means of transmitting information.”