Whistleblowing Site For Appalachia Launched
You've heard of Wikileaks. Now, there's a whistleblowing site dedicated to exposing secrets and misdeeds in Appalachia. It's called HonestAppalachia.org, and it's based in Charleston, West Virginia. The site allows users to anonymously share documents that expose wrongdoing, whether by government or corporations. Co-founder Jim Tobias says the site is focusing on seven Appalachian states, including North Carolina. He says the site expects to work with journalists to help vet the information. "There's a lot of great journalists in this region doing great work, and we're kinda here to be of assistance to them as well as to whistleblowers who want to reveal evidence of corporate or government wrongdoing," he says. Tobias says the site is needed, because Appalachia is primarily rural and lacks the media scrutiny of larger markets. Private donors and a $5,000 grant from a watchdog group called the Sunlight Foundation helped launch the project. No documents have been posted yet, but Tobias says they have some leads.