Newspaper staff on trial for buying gun illegally
A reporter from tabloid Expressen is on trial for violating Sweden’s gun laws after he bought a gun illegally. The newspaper wanted to show just how easy it is to purshase a gun in the southern city of Malmö. Expressen’s editor-in-chief and news director have also been charged.
The gun was bought in October 2010 when Malmö’s immigrant population lived in fear of a sniper who seemed to be targeting people with an immigrant background. The easy availibilty of buying a gun on the black market was debated widely in the media at the time and continues to be a hot topic today.
The defence team claims that similar investigations have been done by reporters in the past without going to trial.