To hold the government and businesses accountable, journalists sometimes depend on anonymous sources: people who have sensitive information and are prepared to share this with the press. A safe platform like Publeaks Netherlands is essential for that.

There are transgressions in every society, some of which are only brought to light thanks to whistleblowers. Digital communication channels have made information sharing much easier, but unfortunately less secure too. Increasingly, governments and criminals use the internet to eavesdrop on journalists and their sources and in this way, control them. Through the Publeaks Netherlands platform, whistleblowers can share information safely with the press. Thanks to this website, more than 50 cases have been brought to light in recent years, including the transgressions at the fertilizer company, AquaPurga and at the Gay Krant. The latter case resulted in Henk Krol’s resignation as group chairman of the 50Plus political party in 2013.

Secure information sharing

These days, governments and criminals use advanced methods with which they can keep an eye on what digital information journalists and their sources exchange with each other. A lack of digital privacy can prevent a whistleblower from sharing important information on misconduct with the press. Through the user friendly Publeaks Netherlands website, whistleblowers can exchange digital information with the press without the government or anyone else having access to it. In addition to providing a platform, Publeaks also informs journalists about digital security.

Four countries

Free Press Unlimited is involved with Publeaks in the countries: Mexico (Méxicoleaks), Indonesia (IndodonesiaLeaks), Nigeria (Leaks.ng) and the Netherlands (Publeaks NL). All of these platforms have the same purpose: connecting whistleblowers with the media without their names becoming common knowledge. That is why we are committed to the establishment and expansion these types of platform.