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January 2023


Twitter whistleblower on CNN, at Sundance


Twitter whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli, who provided testimony to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, made multiple high-profile appearances this month. TSN supports Navaroli through its Whistleblower Protection Program.

On Thursday, CNN aired an exclusive interview with Navaroli where she warned that the U.S. could see a repeat of Jan. 6. That same day, NPR’s Fresh Air featured an interview with Washington Post journalist Drew Harwell, who broke the story that revealed Navaroli’s identity as a whistleblower. He talked extensively on Fresh Air about Navaroli’s whistleblowing journey. Read more about those interviews here.

On Jan. 21, Navaroli spoke at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah about how the importance of the truth can outweigh the risk of whistleblowing. Read what she said here.



Football Leaks, Luanda Leaks whistleblower awaits trial verdict


Whistleblower Rui Pinto, who has received legal and other support from TSN since 2019, now awaits an end of April verdict in Lisbon court after his years-long trial ended on January 16. Rui was charged with data theft and extortion for the so-called “Football Leaks,” which exposed wrongdoing across the football industry and by major players.

TSN also supported Rui on the Luanda Leaks, which the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and their media partners investigated in 2020, accusing Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos of creating a shell empire to fraudulently accumulate more than 2 billion Euros. ICIJ reported this week that, three years later, police are still searching key offices of dos Santos’ advisors.



 In other news

  • A Kenyan court is expected to decide on Feb. 6 whether Meta and its largest content moderation partner in East Africa, Sama, will continue to face charges in Kenya under a lawsuit filed by whistleblower Daniel Motaung, who receives support from TSN, about the companies’ treatment of content moderators. It comes on the heels of Sama quitting its work with Facebook earlier this month. Read about it here.
  • France and Belgium have opened parliamentary inquiries into revelations from the Uber Files — leaked to The Guardian by ex-Uber lobbyist and TSN-supported whistleblower Mark MacGann less than a year ago — to investigate “the secret tactics behind the ride-hailing giant’s global expansion,” ICIJ reports.
  • EU lawmakers will vote on whether to advance the Platform Work Directive on Feb. 2. Mark MacGann testified in support of the Parliament’s version of the directive in October.
  • You can read more about the global impact of our whistleblowers here.


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John Stewart is our new Fundraising Manager.

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Best wishes to our Tech Accountability Project Intern Sechaba Nkitseng, who was with us since November. His last day was Friday.

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