How journalists can detect (physical and electronic) surveillance

Number 5398
Subject Security
Source Jorge Luis Sierra
Affiliation independent journalist
Year 2018
Summary Journalists who work in authoritarian environments tend to be under electronic surveillance. Surveillance is being frequently conducted at a mass scale and is intended to track what journalists in general are doing and what stories they are investigating. In some cases, surveillance has a specific target — electronic espionage intended to track the actions of a specific reporter and sources. The key question is as follows: if a journalist wants to combat electronic surveillance, how are you supposed to recognize when it’s happening? Here is how Jorge Luis Sierra would advise journalists who think that surveillance is a potential or actual threat to their privacy, personal safety, data security, and the identities of their sources:
Tags surveillance; security; espionage
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Panelists Jorge Luis Sierra