Dutch Wikileaks goes into the next phase

The Dutch whistleblowing platform Publeaks has been renewed. For whistleblowers, it is easier to connect safely and anonymously with the connected media. The site is an initiative of a large number of national media, including NOS News, Nieuwsuur, the ANP and national newspapers and weeklies. Whistleblowers may decide for themselves which of the connected media documents or image and sound fragments will be sent anonymously

The Dutch whistleblowing platform Publeaks has been renewed. For whistleblowers, it is easier to connect safely and anonymously with the connected media.

The site is an initiative of a large number of national media, including NOS News, Nieuwsuur, the ANP and national newspapers and weeklies. Whistleblowers may decide for themselves which of the connected media documents or image and sound fragments will be sent anonymously.

Over the past two years, at least fifty cases have come to light thanks to Publeaks, including abuses at the AquaPurga dung company and at the Gay Krant under the leadership of Henk Krol.

The initiators, however, found the result to lag behind expectations. The consequence of teething problems in the system, says Marcel Oomens, who guides the renewal process on behalf of Free Press Unlimited. 'Research showed that the explanation about the functioning of Publeaks was unnecessarily complicated, both for whistleblowers and journalists. The website also lacked a professional image. That did not all benefit the use. '

Under the name Publeaks 2.0, the Publeaks Foundation and Free Press Unlimited have started working on the new website. The technology disappears even further into the background. Participating journalists receive better support in the field of digital security. An unambiguous desk has been created for questions and support. Whistleblowers can use digital safety products such as PGP and Tor.