What is PPLAAF

Our team is led by human rights lawyer William Bourdon, founder of Sherpa and advocate of Edward Snowden, Antoine Deltour (LuxLeaks), Herve Falciani (SwissLeaks) and many other whistleblowers and politically oppressed individuals.

PPLAAF aims to reduce the risks that whistleblowers commonly face by providing a highly secure system to enable encrypted, two-way communication with legal experts and investigators. We also provide advice, defense and in some cases legal representation for whistleblowers.

All the while, we are pursuing the broader objectives of investigative journalism, public advocacy, legislation and coalition-building for change.

We are ready to help whistleblowers who wish to report information on crime, corruption, illicit economic activity - whether in the public or private sector - as well as environmental risks that concern Africa. You may live or be based outside of Africa, and you do not need to be a citizen of an African country. As long as the information pertains to Africa, we are here to help.

Who we are not

We are not associated with any political, national or intelligence agenda, nor are we funded by political, national or intelligence entities.

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What we do

PLAAF provides the following services for whistleblowers, NGOs, media and governments:

Technical assistance

Whistleblowers can reach us via a secure website with an encrypted messaging service and a hotline in French and English. The encryped messaging service operates through the GlobaLeaks platform and it can be accessed through the TOR browser. Find out more on our Tech page and our Send Us Info page.

Legal assistance

Whistleblowers who contact us might be directed to a local and/or international lawyer who will explain the risks to which they are exposed, how they can safely report information on crime or corruption, which laws may protect them from reprisals, and other concerns. In case of legal proceedings, these lawyers can then defend the whistleblower. If you are indigent, PPLAAF will gather funding to insure legal representation. PPLAAF can also connect whistleblowers to NGOs to provide advocacy support.

Media assistance

If the whistleblower and the lawyer agree that the information should be disclosed to the media, PPLAAF will assist in making contact with the most appropriate journalist and facilitate the information transfer. Partnerships between local and international journalists will be formed when necessary, on a case-by-case basis. If it is more appropriate to send the information to an NGO, PPLAAF will also facilitate these contacts to ensure the whistleblower’s safety and confidentiality.

Advocacy and research assistance

PPLAAF advocates for strong legal rights and protections for whistleblowers by engaging with elected officials and policy-makers, and developing policy and research materials on whistleblower standards and practices. Our website is a resource for information and analysis of whistleblower laws in African countries. This comprehensive resource will be updated on an ongoing basis by our legal experts and researchers.

Why we are different

Many whistleblowing and “leaking” platforms operating today provide limited options and solutions for people who want to report crime or corruption. This can limit the impact of your disclosure, which may not reach the organization or person who can do the most good.

PPLAAF is different. We provide the full spectrum of legal, media, advocacy and other services catered to the specific needs of the whistleblower.

At the case-by-case level, we provide end-to-end encrypted communications, pro bono legal services, and defense against civil and criminal actions. We provide guidance on how to approach journalists and which ones to contact. If their story goes public, we provide continued assistance and protection for whistleblowers as their story develops in the media. Similarly, for media partners, we provide a thorough vetting of whistleblowers and their evidence before the story is published.

At the macro level, PPLAAF conceptualizes and advocates for new and improved whistleblower protection laws. We are working hand-and-hand with activists, legal expert and policy-makers across the continent to help ensure whistleblower policies protect all citizens and employees – regardless of where they live and work.