On April the 23rd 2014, the Associated Whistle-Blowing Press (AWP) officially launched, ‘Fíltrala’, its second local whistleblowing platform. The website is aimed towards the Spanish public, and the name of the project literally means “leak it”. It is launched in collaboration with four media organizations - La Marea, eldiario.es, Diagonal, Mongolia - along with the Comisión Anticorrupcíon de la Red Ciudadana Partido X.
One of the leading people behind Fíltrala is Hervé Falciani, member of Partido X, who after leaving his job at the swiss version of HSBC in 2009, began colaborating with the justice department of various countries thanks to his information of around 130,000 tax evaders.
This platform, like the AWP’s other local nodes, uses software developed by GlobaLeaks a self described open-source whistleblowing framework for sending and receiving files safely. In order to guarantee the identity of the source the platform works together with the Tor browser.
Even though the AWP is conceived as a network made up of local whistle-blowing platforms which deal with the struggles and concerns of specific social contexts, it wishes to allow anyone, anywhere, to raise their voice and help bring important information to the public.
As the country faces one of it the worse economic, political and moral crisis in its history, with corruption cases appearing in the news on a daily basis, the independent press, as well as international experts, have warned about the severe regression in Spanish democracy. By opening this platform, we would like to offer the Spanish public with a mechanism to fight back against corruption and abuse, with the hope that it will bring about justice and a much needed social regeneration.
We would like to remind users that the AWP only accepts and publishes restricted or censored material of political, scientific, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance. Rumor, opinion, stories and other kinds of first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere will not be considered for obvious reasons.