The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [wo]men to do nothing. – Irish statesman Edmund Burke
But electronic surveillance and interception are real. If you are concerned about security, consider the options below.
Use our message box
The advantage of using the message box (alongside) is that you don’t need to use an email address that may be linked to you. You don’t have to disclose your identity, even to us.
But please give us contact details if you are at all comfortable with it, so that we can get back to you if we have questions. We won’t disclose your identity if you do not want us to.
You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. But if we or you are hacked or under surveillance, your identity may be compromised.
Protect yourself by not identifying yourself or including details that may point to you, and not mailing from an address that can be linked to you.
But remember that sophisticated surveillance/hacking may still link your computer/smartphone to a message. If it is really sensitive, consider using a device that cannot be linked to you. Going to an Internet café to set up an anonymous account and mailing from there may be ideal.
Whichever method you use, please consider returning in case we get back to you with questions.
Phone or message us
You are welcome to call us. But if our or your calls are intercepted, your identity may be compromised.
Protect yourself by calling us from a number that cannot be linked to you and avoid specifics that could identify you.
Do it the old-fashioned way
If you are really paranoid – and who’s to say you don’t have reason to be – the best may be to get information to us without leaving any digital footprint. Here are some options:
- Ask a trusted third party to contact us and set up a meeting.
- Slip the proverbial brown paper envelope under our door.
- Post or courier information to us without including your own sender details.
Our physical/postal addresses are:
AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, Community House, 41 Salt River Rd, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925
AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, Room 114A, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Cnr Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001