AfriLeaks, launched yesterday in Africa, aims to connect whistle-blowers to journalists anonymously to expose corrupt leaders, point out instances of human rights abuse and as as well sensitive information anonymously.
Already working with Kenya’s KTN and Daily Nation, Uganda’s Daily Monitor, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, The Zimbabwean and Nigeria’s Premium Times among others. AfriLeaks is similar to GlobaLeaks and follows in the footsteps of Assange’s WikiLeaks.org.
The site aims to help boost investigative journalism by allowing users to tip journalists with information or documents for the issue to investigated and shared among afriLeaks’s news partners.
AfriLeaks promises whistleblowers anonymity so they can leak sensitive information knowing there’s protection for them and their loved ones.
According to the site, “The press checks those in power, and exposes misconducts or abuse of power. The media has the resources to do so.”
After a leak is posted on the site, journalists will investigate, ask critical questions, and ensure all parties involved are asked about their side of the story and then their work will be published by newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, or television programs so that everyone knows.