Al Jazeera Launches Wikileaks Spinoff: The Palestine Papers

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


In a second of its kind initiative (after Wikileaks that is) the world’s leading Arabic news network Al Jazeera has launched a Wikileaks-like whistleblower platform for the world with a focus on the Middle East.

The platform branded “Al Jazeera Transparency Unit” provides a secure (with Public Key Encryption) website for interested individuals to send in digital documents to “shine light on notable and newsworthy government and corporate activities which might otherwise go unreported.”

What probably separates Al Jazeera’s platform from Wikileaks is a crucial aspect, verification.

The network states on the website that “All submitted content is subjected to a rigorous vetting and authentication process that encompasses respect for personal privacy, contextualization, and fierce adherence to our tradecraft commitment of “journalism of depth.”

Which also means rigorous filtering of leaked topics since Al Jazeera is based and partly owned by the government of Qatar, which will most definitely have an impact on the nature of the content provided. At least in matters related to Qatar. Read more

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