Why some citizen journalists need to use a pseudonym
I personally use a pseudonym when publishing articles as in the past I have had death threats and I live in a country where it cost very little to have someone murdered. In fact many Filipino journalists have ended up with a bullet in their head.
I expect such happens else where in many countries as well, the problem is I get people that try to befriend me in the effort to seek my personal details. I only give partial details to my long standing internet friends only.
As citizen journalist are becoming more well known and their articles are being read by an increasing audience on the Internet the problem of personal security becomes more of a problem as time goes by.
I personally may have religious cult enemies here in the Philippines and perhaps political enemies due to my flame and fire concerning propaganda here and else where. Certainly there is the chance that someone out there wants to douse my opinions to a point of having me executed. Having had death threats many years ago concerning forum articles I try to be a bit wiser these days.
When someone I have never heard of before seemingly tries to be devious and get my personal information I certainly do not supply a bean. I had a guy a few days ago sniffing stating he was a journalist. He wanted not only my personal details but the details of my partner sister who is working for a politician. I was concerned as the politician involved does not want publicity and he wanted to know too much about me? Paranoid yes possibly but careful defiantly that I realized that perhaps I have said to much about myself in some of my articles and left too much of a finger print on the internet as a whole? Well my full address is not listed for all to see only I live in Dumaguete City. I am not in any phone book its not that easy to find out where I actually live.
I am now checking my foot print and making sure that I am truthful safe behind pseudonym names at a guess I have slipped up and been to trusting. There are many people that do know who I really am and know that I do need to protect my true identity.
I think that if you are a citizen journalist its very important to have a pseudonym name as some protection against being stalked, harassed or even been placed on a hit list.
This what happens to some unfortunate journalist….
So far I can only find one incident where a citizen journalist has been killed it would there for seem that citizen journalism is at this time safe.
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the way a construction company executive, Wei Wenhua, was beaten to death by municipal law enforcement officers known as “chengguan” in Tianmen, in the province of Hubei, on 7 January when he used his mobile phone camera to film them in a violent clash with protesters.