The Burmese version of this chapter can be downloaded here: Mobile Security Issues for Citizen Journalists

The information presented here is from the StoryMaker app. The app was developed as part of a partnership between the Guardian Project,, Free Press Unlimited and video4change member, Small World News.

We highlight the lessons most relevant to your work in shooting video from both computer and mobile device, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you complete all of the security lessons in the StoryMaker app before you head into the field. For more, see also the Video for Change Secure My Video (2.0) .

police arresting citizen journalistToday, individual citizens anywhere in the world are capable of breaking stories that even 20 years ago tested the limits of professional newsrooms. Increasing connectivity afforded by smartphones and falling data costs make this possible.

This same connectivity creates great new risks for citizens and professional journalists alike. The standard methods of communicating online or via mobile leave a trail that is easy for skilled individuals to monitor. military surveillance

Journalists, activists, and anyone who fears they may be at risk due to their actions, must use non-standard methods of communication.  These trails not only put you at risk, but may endanger your sources, contacts and colleagues. You have a responsibility to protect not only yourself but anyone threatened by your actions.

The lessons that follow will first assist you to assess whether you may be under threat.