In October of 2006, Australian internet activist Julian Assange founded the website wikileaks.org. The purpose of the site was to expose governmental corruption and abuses of power by publishing secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources.
“We are of assistance to peoples of all countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and institutions. We aim for maximum political impact,”
the organization says on its website.
Now, a group of 19 media outlets and activists groups have come together to launch their own whistle-blowing website – they call it AfriLeaks. According to the BBC,
“Most of the 19 are newspapers and include South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, Kenya’s Daily Nation and Nigeria’s Premium Times.”
The site, which allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak sensitive information, will empower Africans by giving them the ability to safely expose any politicians and/or businessmen who abuse their positions of power.
AfriLeaks’ founders hope the site will lead to more investigative journalism aimed at exposing the countless cases of corruption and human rights abuses that exist across the continent today.
The founders also believe that the site will help circumvent the recent increase in surveillance from both governments and businesses alike. In a recent article about AfriLeaks, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian (one of the media outlets involved in creating the site) wrote,
“In the post-Snowden world in which we live, with government and corporate surveillance a reality, it has become critically important for journalists and whistleblowers to take every precaution to ensure their digital safety.”
AfriLeaks is undeniably a step in the right direction for transparency and accountability in Africa. However, the site now faces the challenge of attracting whistleblowers from repressive states like Eritrea and Sudan, where the internet is heavily censored and tightly controlled.
Read the original story from the BBC.