The Private Citizen

This website is owned and operated by Fabian A. Scherschel, a freelance journalist and podcaster from Düsseldorf, Germany.

This site is completely static, running without any server-side scripts. It has no comments section and no way for visitors to interact with it. This is by design. Aside from creating a fast and safe experience for everyone, this also means I respect your privacy. This site is not tracking you. The only trace your visit to this server leaves is in the logs of my hosting provider Netlify. This data is stored for 30 days. Audio files are served from a server graciously provided by Bytemark and managed in a similar way by myself.

Fab can be contacted in various ways. The easiest is probably by email:
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I do not appreciate being put on mailing lists (PR lists or otherwise) without my express consent. The above email address is only to be used for correspondence addressed to me personally – e.g. feedback to podcast episodes, a story you want me to cover or personal and personal inquiries. Do not send me any kind of unsolicited business offers or advertisements. If you want to put me on a PR list, ask first.

I take my job as a journalist very seriously. That means I will not publish content that I haven’t produced. I will not put advertising in my podcast (hidden or in plain sight) and my audience is not for sale.


You can send documents and letters to the following PO box:

Fabian A. Scherschel
Postfach 10 23 04
40014 Düsseldorf

My VAT identification number: DE322313341

I maintain a Discord server with a pretty active community. This is a good way to talk to me in real time – although I might be away for days on end doing work or unplugging from it.

You can also join the #fabindustries channel on the Freenode IRC network. I’m in there as fabsh whenever possible. Don’t worry if I don’t answer right away. I’m often logged in from a server and might not actually be monitoring the channel. But I will try to answer you as soon as possible.

You can reach me on the Fediverse as or on Twitter as @fabsh.

Secure Contact Form for Whistleblowers

I maintain a secure end-to-end encrypted contact form that you can use to send me information and documents anonymously. If you want to know more about the system, what technology I am using and why I created it, please read this blog post. It also explains some basic security precautions you should probably keep in mind.

Secure Contact Form

Do not endanger yourself. I appreciate the courage of all whistleblowers but your safety should always come first. Use common sense, practice basic operational security and always try to provide for plausible deniability.

All content on this website and the accompanying podcast, unless otherwise noted, is copyright © 2020 - 2021 Fabian A. Scherschel. It is provided to you under a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license.