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Important information for whistleblowers

We welcome information and documents that are relevant to our live investigations and lines of work. Democracy depends on transparency, and we are committed to protecting whistleblowers who share information with us.

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If you have sensitive details to share, please share them through one or more of the channels listed below. We encourage you to carefully consider your own safety in providing any information and to send anonymously if necessary.

Your communications and web browsing activity may be monitored by whoever controls your internet connection, email accounts, phone lines, and other systems – for example we advise against contacting us or browsing relevant sites while at your workplace, or in other locations where your activity may be traced.

If you are a public servant, you may have legal obligations that prevent you from disclosing certain material. If you think there's a strong public interest in disclosing it anyway, we will take every possible step to protect your identity.

If you have any concerns about maintaining anonymity, feel free to contact us through one of the channels below for advice before sending your information. 

We have also listed some resources at the bottom of this page which can help you find out more about secure communications practice.

 

How to share information with openDemocracy

1. Signal

Signal offers secure digital communication for iOS, Android and Desktop.

Contact us with your message or documents on +44 (0) 7404 911 016

Ensure your phone is secured and delete all messages once you've transmitted your information. It is also good practice to turn on the disappearing messages function.

2. Voice call 

You can phone to speak with one of our journalists, either with the Signal number above, or on this unencrypted phone line: (+44) 7522 402 548.

3. Post

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Beware that physical mail, as with other forms, can be intercepted at various points on its journey. You can help to keep your package anonymous by not adding a return address or any identifying information and dropping it in a public post box.

Further resources

If you wish to read more about secure communications practice, the following articles contain more useful information on the methods we have recommended.

thebureauinvestigates.com/got-a-story/whistleblowers

theintercept.com/source


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