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Swedish court upholds tabloid gun crime verdict

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post 19.Feb.2013, 11:59 AM
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The editor of Swedish tabloid Expressen and two journalists are guilty of gun crimes, a Swedish court ruled on Tuesday, upholding a lower court ruling that their investigative sting into buying black-market weapons in Malmö was illegal.

In 2010, Expressen published an article in 2010 in which a journalist had purchased illegal weapons in Malmö. The decision to buy a gun followed a spate of fatal shootings in the southern city, most of which were suspected to have links to organized crime networks.

The reporter managed to buy a gun within a few hours, which the newspaper chose to write about before its staff handed the weapon over to the police.

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post 20.Feb.2013, 03:21 PM
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Location: Scandanavia
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Has the judicial system shot themselves in the foot on this one?
Investigative journalism has historically and quite rightly highlighted failures / problems in society.
Prosecuting those responsible is a waste of public money that could have been better spent on tackling gun crime!
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