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EIJC18 - Security and whistleblowing track

Journalists’ duty to make sure that confidential sources are protected is as important as ever in the digital as well the real world. Whistleblowing, source protection, risk assessments, journalists’ safety, digital self-defence and criminalisation of journalists will be part of this track.

Editorial group: Freja Wedenborg, Maxie Eckert, Alain Lallemand, Fredrik Laurin, Edouard Perrin, Marcel Oomens

Journalismfund.eu contact: Trine Smistrup

Journalists’ duty to make sure that confidential sources are protected is as important as ever, physical and legal threats prevail at the same time as the digital era brings new challenges. In this track we address the questions of how to deal with whistleblowers and with confidential and vulnerable sources. Journalists’ risk assessment in any given research is addressed considering physical, digital and legal threats. The technology and practice of secure document drops will be addressed, communication with sources on social media and so forth. Trainings in digital self-defence for journalists will be provided, also the question of debriefing for journalists who have undergone traumatic experiences is included in this track. Finally also the question of criminalising journalists for disclosing potential trade secrets will be under this track.