How to submit a confidential news tip to Reuters
Editor’s note: We have removed WhatsApp from our tips system; further details are below.
With about 2,500 journalists in nearly 200 cities, supported by a dedicated global investigative team, Reuters has the expertise and resources to chase news to the ends of the earth.
If you have significant information of public interest, Reuters has several ways tipsters can communicate confidentially with its journalists. No system is 100 percent secure. But the tools below can help protect your anonymity.
The more documents, data or other evidence you include to substantiate your tip, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to investigate it.
If you wish to submit a substantial number of documents, please contact us by the means below and we will explain the most secure way.
Signal is a free phone app that allows you to make calls and to send messages, images or video. Your communications are end-to-end encrypted, meaning they can only be read by your intended recipients. Signal keeps only your phone number and profile information. Its servers do not access or store your transmitted data, and you can configure the service to delete messages from your phone automatically at certain time intervals.
A note on WhatsApp
We eliminated WhatsApp from our tips system on Jan. 27, 2020, over concerns that the app isn’t secure enough. Reuters will no longer be fielding tips through WhatsApp. Instead, we recommend using Signal.
You can send encrypted email messages via Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). You will need client software or a browser extension, such as the Chrome extension Mailvelope, to send the message. The extension will encrypt the content of the message, but not the identity of the sender, recipient, subject line or the time and date when it was sent. The fingerprint of our public key and a link to download it are below, as is a list of public keys for individual reporters. You can contact them directly.
We recommend you use a public mailbox, not a post office, to mail a letter or package to Reuters.
Reuters News Tips
c/o Blake Morrison, investigative projects editor
3 Times Square, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Reuters News Tips
c/o Reade Levinson, data and enterprise reporter
Level 4, 30 South Colonnade
London, UK E14 5EP
Reuters News Tips
c/o Peter Hirschberg, investigative projects editor
Level 10, 60 Margaret St
Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
This system is a way for you to send us information with more security and anonymity than email or other electronic means. It uses the Tor network, which seeks to conceal users’ identities by encrypting and randomly bouncing communications through a network of relays around the globe. The system is in the physical possession of Reuters, walled off from the rest of our network. We do not ask for or receive any identifying information, and we limit the information that is logged about our communications. Users should always navigate to the exact SecureDrop URL listed below. We will never ask users to download applications via the SecureDrop page.
To use the system, follow these steps:
We recommend you go to a place with a public internet connection. Choose somewhere you don’t normally go, and use a computer that is free of malware.
Download and install the Tor browser from https://www.torproject.org/. If you would like an added measure of security, you can use the Tails operating system, which includes the Tor browser. You can learn more about Tails at https://tails.boum.org/.
In the Tor browser, navigate to our SecureDrop site at smb7p276iht3i2fj.onion
Follow the instructions to send us a message and any files you want to share. You will be assigned a codename that you can use to log in and check for replies from us. Please keep the codename in a safe place, as you are the only person who will know it. Without it, you will not be able to contact us again or read our reply.
When you log back in, we recommend you delete any messages you receive from us as soon as you have read them.
We will decrypt the information you send us on a computer that is not connected to our network or to the internet.
The SecureDrop software we use is a project of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. You can read more about it here: https://securedrop.org/. Every effort is made to ensure the system is free of bugs, but please be aware that you assume the risk that comes with any software system.
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