Arrest of Krusik Whistleblower Noted as Threat to Freedom of the Press by Council of Europe | Beta Briefing

Arrest of Krusik Whistleblower Noted as Threat to Freedom of the Press by Council of Europe

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Archive / News | 21.11.19 | access_time 17:41

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On Nov. 21 the Council of Europe categorized Valjevo Krusik Aleksandar Obradovic's house arrest as a threat to the freedom of the media.

The threats to media freedoms has been registered by its special platform devoted to protecting journalism and the safety of journalists.

The note states that the source of the threat is the state and recalls that since November last year the Arms Watch website, NIN and BIRN weeklies have run several articles on the alleged involvement of the father of the interior ministry of Serbia Branko Stefanovic in the sale of Valjevo Krusik factory weapons to the private GIM company.

On Sept. 18, 2019 Aleksandar Obradovic was arrested at his workplace in the Valjevo armaments factory for giving away business secrets after handing journalists documentation showing that the private GIM company which was represented by Branko Stefanovic - the father of the Serbian interior minister, bought weapons from Krusik at preferential prices.

He was placed under house arrest at the end of October

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