MENAleaks, bringing anonymous whistleblowing to the MENA region

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MENAleaks, bringing anonymous whistleblowing to the MENA region
Presenter(s) Rahma Sghaier
Title(s) MENAleaks, bringing anonymous whistleblowing to the MENA region
Organization(s) Independent activists & The Hermes Center For Transparency and Digital Human Rights
Project(s) MENAleaks
Country(ies) Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region often demonstrates the need to fight for transparency and human rights. Corruption, human rights violations, and minorities repression levels are alarming in most of the MENA countries where these violations are not only committed by individuals but also states, leaving few or no options to human rights activists and journalists. In this context, came the idea to implement a whistleblowing wide-ranged platform for the coverage of MENA region with a country-based set of initiatives personalized up to the specific needs of each specific context and in collaboration with trusted media partners able to transform each report into an investigative work.

Our inspiration to the project is the fight for transparency, social justice and diversity lead by the many activists who are now in jail or subject to harassment in their countries due to their activism. We aspire to create secure channels for social change and to promote whistleblowing as a citizen culture.

MENAleaks is going to be a multi-stakeholder project ramified in the different MENA countries according to the specific needs of each country. One main-platform, easier to maintain, will be set up to serve each different context with proper questionnaires prepared with an on-field journalist collaboration.

We are a small team composed of 3 individuals in collaboration with the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights; through this event, we are aiming to present the project and to connect with stakeholders from all across the region as the IFF is a crossing point for journalists, human rights defenders, security experts, grant writers etc... You will have an overview of the project concept and have the opportunity to give your feedback and suggestions to improve the project in terms of realism and feasibility.

This is a networking event, if you see yourself taking in charge an initiative in your country, this is the best time to connect!

Format Networking event
Target Groups Journalists, Security Trainers, Designers, Usability, Advocacy/Policy Professional, Communications Professionals, Academia, Front Line Activists
Length 1 Hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English (the presenter is also an Arabic-speaker)

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