What is the Legal Leaks training?


Journalists and bloggers play a central role in initiating and stimulating public debates but face constant challenges in accessing information from public bodies. Particularly when that information relates to issues such as corruption and organised crime, violations of human rights, controversial international relations, environmental contamination, relationships with business and lobby groups, and the more sensitive aspects of EU integration.


The Legal Leaks training empowers journalists to use their national freedom of information laws as a regular part of their work. The training provides guidance on how to file freedom of information requests and contributes to protect media freedom by delivering techniques by which journalists can protect the security of their data and of confidential sources of information.


The trainings therefore cover three main areas regarding journalistic use of freedom of information.


» Access to information: strategies for requesting information in journalists' own countries, in other European countries, and from the bodies of the European Union.


» Data security techniques: particularly protecting electronic communications from surveillance and protection of sources of information.


» Computer assisted reporting (CAR) techniques: how these link to journalists' access to information research strategies.






The Legal Leaks trainings are organized by Access Info Europe and the Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe n-ost.





The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)


The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


Transparency International Croatia


Transparency International Serbia


Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIN)





Robert Bosch Stiftung


Metro Group


The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)




Heinrich Böll Stiftung


Freidrich Ebert Stiftung


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