International media launch 'call for information' with support for whistleblowers

While much has been made in recent years about the dangers of fake news and poor reporting, concern over these developments has also demonstrated the vital need for in-depth investigative journalism.

From WikiLeaks to the Panama Papers, Cambridge Analytica to the saga of Harvey Weinstein, reporting comes in many forms. Regardless of style, journalistic investigations of these and and many other stories have made groundbreaking contributions to public debate and shone light on critical issues of our times.

WikiTribune is one of the media partners working with The Signals Network, a foundation that offers support to whistleblowers. Working with Die Zeit, Mediapart, the Daily Telegraph, and The Intercept, we’re partnering with journalists with experience working on the most important investigations of recent years, and can reach a combined audience of 46 million.

WikiTribune has been collaborating with other media for several months to create a protocol for the first joint “call for information,” and to ensure technical requirements are met, including highly secure communication and collaboration tools.

These tools and protocol have been prepared following discussions with whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, who said the Signals Network is “sending a message to whistleblowers that this time the newsroom is ready.”

“Exposing wrongdoing has never been easier,” said Snowden.

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These collaborative tools will allow WikiTribune and its partners to review tips and information, and correspond with whistleblowers. Thee first “call” focuses on misuse of data, and The Signals Network can, if necessary, provide six layers of support, including legal advice and safe-housing.

“We believe that the people have the right to know and the duty to tell when major wrongdoing occurs. Whistleblowers who risk everything to reveal the truth need more support,” said Gilles Raymond, founder and chairman of The Signals Network.

Our involvement aligns with WikiTribune’s values, including open access to information, and collaborating to create evidence-based, high-quality journalism. It fits within our unique Community-based approach to writing and reporting.

The first call for information focuses on misuse of data, a subject with profound global implications. Share and respond to the call for information here.

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