Monday, March 8, 2021

Sharing Tips

How to provide confidential information to the Gazette

Do you have information that could make a great story? We offer multiple ways you could send us tips securely. 

Identifying a good content. 

To turn your lead into a story: 

  • It needs to be newsworthy with tangible implications for our readers to be interested. For example, does it involve stealing of public funds, infighting in top government offices or gruesome abuse of power?
  • It has to contain actual evidence rather than just a hearsay or an opinion. 
  • Such evidence carries more weight if it comes with documents or competent witnesses. If you do not immediately have documents or witnesses, you need to know where they are and how we could get them.

How we treat a news tip:

  • All confidential information will be carefully reviewed by senior editors and your contact with our newspaper will never be disclosed to anyone else.

You may pass your information across to us using any of the following: 

  • WhatsApp, a secure, open-source messaging application owned by Facebook: +234-805-888-8330.
  • Signal, a secure, open-sourcing messaging application owned by U.S.-based Signal Foundation: +234-805-888-8330.
  • Telegram, a secret messaging application built by a team of Russian privacy rights activists: +234-805-888-8330.
  • You may also send your confidential tips via PGP, an encryption protocol that makes it possible to send encrypted messages and documents. 
  • Our Fingerprint: 06D6 FB23 946F 970F AEAF DDF4 921D 4D8A 70E6 6939.

Additional suggestions to protect your identity as a whistleblower:

  • Send information with a name or username that cannot be traced back to you.
  • Avoid using an office computer because employers are able to read your emails and other activities you carry out on your work servers. 
  • Do not reach out to us publicly on social media. Send us a private message instead.
  • Avoid telling anyone that you are the source of a story published by Peoples Gazette.