The Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights is proud to announce the launch of PubLeaks (www.publeaks.nl), a GlobaLeaks (www.globaleaks.org) whistleblowing initiative run by fourteen leading media organisations in the Netherlands, on September 9th.
The initiative will allow whistleblowers from all fields and backgrounds to document wrongdoings of public interest to the media outlet of their choice. PubLeaks is the most important platform set up by Hermes so far; the project has been financed and organised by the newspapers Algemeen Dagblad (www.ad.nl), de Volkskrant (www.volkskrant.nl/), Het Financieel Dagblad (www.fd.nl), Het Parool (www.parool.nl) and Trouw (www.trouw.nl); the magazines De Groene Amsterdammer (www.groene.nl) and Vrij Nederland (www.vn.nl); the broadcasters NOS Nieuws (www.nos.nl), NRC Handelsblad (www.nrc.nl), Nieuswuur (www.nieuwsuur.nl), Pownews (www.powned.tv), RTL Nieuws (www.rtlnieuws.nl) and the news websites De Correspondent (www.decorrespondent.nl) and Nu.nl (www.nu.nl).
The nature and the scope of the initiative is unique in the world and is in line with the Netherlands’s history as a beacon for freedom of the press. The Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights (www.logioshermes.org) believes access to in depth and relevant information is a civil right and a necessary condition to make informed choices as citizens. We therefore hope this initiative will create a new dynamic within the international media scene, thus bringing whistleblowing and investigative journalism at the centre of news publishing.
Last but not least, the creation of PubLeaks has been the opportunity for a team of journalists to learn about information security to protect themselves and their sources. As new revelations on the extent of surveillance by the NSA over our communications emerge every day, it is essential journalists learn how to protect their communications to ensure fearless and independent reporting. On the day of the launch, journalists have already started writing about the techniques they are now relying on (www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2664/Nieuws/article/detail/3506349/2013/09/09/Vanaf-vandaag-anoniem-lekken-naar-media-via-doorgeefluik-Publeaks.dhtml). The Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights is confident this will be an opportunity for public discussions on the security tools available.