Documenting Human Rights Violations in Challenging Environments

WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organization. It provides a secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information by receiving files through an electronic anonymous drop box. This is similar to leaving information inside an unmarked envelope in someone’s mailbox. The system is designed to conceal information about the source of the posted materials.

If you want to send information to WikiLeaks, go through the following steps:

  • Assess your information: WikiLeaks will accept classified, censored, or otherwise restricted material of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical significance. WikiLeaks will NOT accept rumor, opinion, or documentation or material that is already publicly available.
  • Get Advice from the experts: If you are not sure about the accuracy of your information or whether you should upload it or not, have an anonymous chat with the WikiLeaks people at
  • Prepare your documents: Make sure you erase any identifiable information to avoid that the files is traced back to you.
  • Submit: Go to the WikiLeaks website, click on “Submit Documents” and follow instructions. You can also use Tor to submit the document. Follow the prompts.


If you want to share pictures taken during or after your documentation process, you can use Flickr. You can upload photos to the website through a computer or directly from your mobile camera. Immediate posting means you can share your pictures before they make it on any media outlet. Flickr allows people to comment on your photos and add descriptive tags. If you blog, Flickr enables you to post photos directly and instantly to your blog. Flickr includes a number of community guidelines to help you understand what you can and cannot do on Flickr. Read them here.

After uploading your pictures, you can easily share them on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, your blog and more. If you would rather restrict the viewers, you can use the privacy settings to share the photos with only those people you want.