French lawyer William Bourdon is one of the world’s leading advocates of whistle-blowers who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and others.
He has now founded a group he calls Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique of PLAAF, an organization to protect whistle-blowers in Africa made up of legal experts, investigative journalists, NGOs and academics.
Bourdon says that while NGOS and authorities have become better at fighting corruption in Africa, large flows of dirty and opaque money are prospering, and the separation between public and private interest is vague at best.
He spoke particularly about kleptocrats who siphon public money and resources and about government anti-corruption commitments that are merely fronts for eradicating political opponents.
He said PLAAF was founded to work out the dangers a whistleblower can face if they want to disclose sensitive information relevant to the public interest and it can also work as a protective shield between them and the press.
He urged anyone who has sensitive information about Africa that needs to be exposed to get in touch at pplaaf.org.