Welcome to the new Al Jazeera Transparency Unit Dropbox!
Our new dropbox is a simple yet extremely secure way, using both
PGP encryption and the
TOR network, to submit content
anonymously to the Al Jazeera Transparency Unit. The dropbox client below will
automatically encrypt your message and connect to TOR – you don’t have to take
any further steps. Just load it, select your files & upload. It’s that simple.
Load the applet and wait until the status bar says “Successfully Connected to TOR
Network” – this is crucial to ensuring that you’re anonymous!
Once the applet has connected to TOR, click BROWSE & select the files to upload.
Click UPLOAD once – and wait.
You will receive a message once your files are uploaded.
TIP: If the client above is not working, or you are having trouble connecting to TOR,
please refresh the page. The TOR network, while being excellent at providing
anonymity, also can take several minutes to connect, so you may have to refresh
a few times before it connects. Please be patient.
However, if you do not require the anonymous protection of TOR, please click
here for the PGP-only version.
NOTE: While PGP will encrypt the actual files ensuring that no one but us will be able
to view the content, the PGP-only dropbox will not have the anonymous protection
through TOR that the above standard dropbox can provide. Authorities may be able
to trace your internet activities without TOR.
Material we support
We accept all kinds of files - including documents, photos, videos, and audio
recordings - with political, economic or ethical significance, in accordance
with the Transparency
Unit's mission statement. We do not accept rumor, opinion, other kinds of
first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere. This is
because our journalists write news stories based on the material, and then
provide a link to the supporting documentation to prove our stories are true.
It’s not news if it has been publicly available elsewhere first, and we are a
news organisation. However, from time to time, the editors may re-publish
material that has been made public previously elsewhere if the information is in
the public interest but did not have proper news analysis when first released.
Other ways to contact us & submit files
If you have any questions, please contact us at
With any email communication, we highly recommend you encrypt both emails and
submitted files using PGP encryption
software with our Public
Key (Key ID 0x41CE6275). This will guarantee Al Jazeera Transparency Unit
will be the only party allowed to view the submitted files and email.
We also recommend that you use the Tor
network to add an extra layer of security. Tor is "anonymizing" software: It
makes it more difficult to trace your internet activities. (Note that the
previous link might be blocked in some countries, so you may have to search for
a mirror site that's accessible from your location.)
We recognize that - despite the best technology - our readers and viewers are
taking a risk by submitting materials, particularly those living in countries
where such disclosures are not protected by law. Our journalists will ensure
that the identities of our sources are protected, and that submissions are
scrubbed of sensitive information - like the "metadata" that contains authoring
information - before those submissions are released to the public.