Recently there has been a marked increase in false accusations, usually asserting that a poster is a journalist simply for asking a question that may not be to everyone's taste. To repeat something I posted in another thread recently - people are entitled to come on here and ask questions, without fear of questions being asked of their motives. There is no evidence that any of those accused actually turned out to be a reporter, and even if they were what's the big deal?
People can post any answer they like, as long as it's honest. Supposing an officer posted a reply that went against the grain, such as racism/homophobia/sexism within the force, or that they were being bullied for some other reason, do you not think that it would be important that they can air their views publicly on here? If a journalist decided to then quote those comments in an article, it would most certainly be in the public interest to do so.
Everything you post here is in the public domain - if you are that fearful of something that you write appearing in the Current Bun then simply don't write it.
More importantly than any of this is the fact that the way some forum goers have behaved has been appalling - we will not tolerate bullying on here. Any similar behaviour in future will be dealt with robustly - in the same way as we deal with any other bullying that goes on on the forum. If have genuine reason to believe that somebody is a journalist, and they are not open with that fact, then you can let one of the mods know and we will look into it (not so far as a witch hunt obviously).
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