Whistleblowers are crucial to exposing wrongdoing. Their information can be the lead that sparks an investigation or provide the key piece of evidence that solidifies existing findings. We are always keen to hear from whistleblowers and will always protect your identity if you want to remain anonymous.
Our investigations into the global binary options scam, major hygiene and animal welfare breaches in British slaughterhouses and the mistreatment of NHS patients in the private sector all started with whistleblowers. Insiders leaking information were also integral to previous investigative series such as those on the police handling of rape reports and political party fundraising.
Here is a guide to leaking us information, with options for covering your tracks if you are worried about being identified. None of the methods listed here are failsafe but some offer a level of protection.
It might seem old-fashioned, but posting documents is the safest way to get information to us anonymously. Don’t write your name or any return address on the envelope, and ideally don’t post the documents from your home, workplace or anywhere near those locations. Please note: this address is for post only - not for personal callers.
Our postal address is:
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
PO Box 76421
To reach a specific reporter or editor, include that person’s name.
You can contact the Bureau on 0203 8927490 and ask to speak to our Investigations Editor Meirion Jones, or to an individual reporter. To see what areas different Bureau journalists cover, check our staff profiles page.
You can send an email to [email protected] or to an individual staff member. Bear in mind that normal emails can be traced and hacked, even if you set up a new account using a fake name.
By encrypted email
The Bureau uses PGP, a popular system for encrypting emails. If you send emails using PGP then the sender and recipient addresses remain visible but the content of the message is encrypted.
To send us an encrypted email you need to set up PGP on your email. It can seem complicated, but the browser extension Mailvelope (and this step-by-step guide) provide help. There are also how-to guides for Windows and Mac OS X here and here.
To contact a reporter or editor directly, use the PGP keys listed on their profiles.