Who we are

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.

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 this latter is indigent, PPLAAF will gather funding to insure legal representation. PPLAAF can also connect whistleblowers to NGOs to provide advocacy support. Our website is also 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.

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 helps to develop legislation, organises meetings, and authors or coordinates policy briefs to influence international, regional and national authorities to adopt strong laws to protect whistleblowers and hold guilty parties to account.

Why we are different

Many leaking platforms exist configurated by NGOs or media to answer the question of how to transmit information safely. Their solutions limited to end-to-end encryption allow for safe transmission but is one that ultimately places the whistleblower in the care of the media for better or worse. PPLAAF provides the full spectrum of needs catered specifically to the whistleblower: at the micro or case-by-case level this includes end-to-end encryption for users, pro bono legal support relevant to advice or defense against employers or other entities; guidance as to how media or NGOs should be approached, and which media or NGOs should be approached; continued assistance on how best the whistleblower can be protected during media coverage. Similarly, for media partners, we provide a thorough vetting of the whistleblower and the leaks before referring onwards. At the macro level, PPLAAF conceptualises and helps to develop new or existing legislation around protected disclosures broadened to include non-employees, military and intel ombuds among other relevant aspects.