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Whistle-blowers have played a vital role in exposing crime and corruption across the world but, when these stories involve national leaders and intelligence agencies, reporters face serious challenges.

After speaking to veteran journalists and organisations that protect whistle-blowers, Denise-Marie Ordway has created six tips to help newsrooms cover the stories they uncover, in this article for Journalist's Resource.

Ordway said that reporters receiving data and documents from whistle-blowers need to take action to defend themselves and their sources from security threats.

"Use messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, which offer end-to-end encryption, and use software that encrypts email," she advised.

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