Counterterrorism-CASUALTY-RESPONSEMost of Martyr Watch original material has been contributed by a network of “field reporters” and many of them are located in countries that are under the direct threat of terrorism.  We have developed this list of contacts from the past 10 years as our editors traveled around the world.  No list of our contacts names has ever been published and will be published. We do re-publish reports that have been submitted from other sources and credit is given when the source is known.

If you would like to contribute as a field reporter or photojournalist in your area, please submit your interest to . Include your “First name or initials as well as the city, country (geographic region) where you live or travel. We do not request any specific personal information that will personally compromise your safety. However, all information that is submitted to us is kept confidential.  Please do not send us specific information that can be used to identify you if you are living in a contested area or “hot zone”.

Our servers at Martyr Watch use 256 bit encryption and all “chat or messages” between Martyr global-intelligence1Watch and its field representatives use secure messaging with an open source.  In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers.   We use a free open source and secure messaging program that works on smartphones, tablets and even computers.  The program uses two layers of secure encryption (server-client and client-client).  Encryption is based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.   The name of the service and a web link will be provided to you once you contact us.  Easy instructions on how to set up your account will sent to you.  After you have your account, all communication between Martyr Watch and you will be through this secure system.

background_diagram-thumb-538x295-39361Martyr Watch goes to great lengths to protect your private conversations with us from snooping third parties, such as officials, employers, etc.  For communication demanding more security, the messaging service we use has “secret chats” with end-to-end encryption. This means only you and the recipient can read those messages — nobody else can decipher them, including the messaging service company. Messages cannot be forwarded from secret chats. You can also order your messages to self-destruct in a set amount of time after they have been read by the recipient. The message will then disappear from both your and your friend’s devices.  The biggest difference between secret and ordinary chats in the messaging service we use is that secret chats are not stored in a server or the cloud.

Finally, starting in 2015 we will open the “comments section” of Martyr Watch. Many of our 766850-counterterrorismfighter-1411620157-342-640x480articles seem to demand discussion and comment.   You can submit your comments to . Please feel free to add your comments and insights to the blog.  We look forward to any constructive comments that you may have that will enable us to do a better job.  All comments are reviewed before they are posted.  We will make every effort to participate in the discussions.  In last four months of 2014, we have had over 25,000 visitors to Martyr Watch from 130 countries of the world Thank you for your interest and we invite you back often. We have received many positive (and a few negative) comments and we thank for communicating with us. We look forward to hearing from you soon! We pray you have a safe and happy new year!

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