There are plenty of dodgy things going on in Africa, and far too few journalists around to expose them all. In many instances, the truth behind fishy elections and shady arms deals is only revealed through the bravery of ordinary people who tell us what is actually going on. Whistleblowing is a dangerous business, however, and whistleblowers need all the help they can get. A new online platform should make at least one stage of this process a little easier, and safer.
If Edward Snowden taught us anything, it’s that our governments are watching us: all the time, and in ways we can’t even imagine. This makes it exceptionally difficult to keep secrets. Ironically, it also makes it difficult – and dangerous – to release them.
The art of whistleblowing has always been fraught with danger. As a rule, no one likes it when their dirty laundry is aired in public, and some will go to extraordinary measures to silence any who would attempt to do so. Take South Africa, for instance, where the infamous Secrecy Bill has come under fire for cracking down on whistleblowers.
In the digital age, whistleblowers are more vulnerable than ever before….
Source : Daily Maverick