Protecting sources has always been a fundamental tenet of journalism, and it’s one that we take extremely seriously at Stuff.
History is punctuated with examples of whistleblowers who have spoken out in the public interest, and we know it’s our duty as reporters to protect those people.
That’s one reason we’ve launched SecureDrop, a platform which will enable sources to anonymously communicate with Stuff Circuit journalists and submit confidential documents, video or images.
Stuff’s Editorial Director, Mark Stevens says that after carefully considering what tools are available, Stuff decided to use the SecureDrop system – also used by The New York Times, The Guardian, Vice, The Intercept, ProPublica and Fairfax Media in Australia.
Our journalists from Stuff Circuit — Paula Penfold, Eugene Bingham, Toby Longbottom and Phil Johnson —already use a range of tools and apps to communicate securely with sources, and are excited about now being able to use SecureDrop too.
The video-led investigative journalism team focuses on telling stories of significant public interest. Last year, they produced the critically-acclaimed documentary series, The Valley, revealing secrets about New Zealand’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Other examples of their work include ongoing investigations into the Gloriavale Christian community, the Teina Pora miscarriage of justice case, and an upcoming project on Russian adoptions.