Blaž Zgaga, Slovenia, is a freelance investigative journalist and an expert in arms trafficking, national security and defense. In 2000, after he revealed US DIA clandestine operation in the Balkans, he was prosecuted for – and later cleared of – charges of revealing military secrets. Zgaga co-initiated the petition against censorhip which was signed by 571 Slovene journalists in 2007. In collaboration with Finnish journalist Magnus Berglund, he revealed massive corruption in the Patria arms deal in September 2008. In consequent criminal investigations in Finland, Austria and Slovenia, 30 people were charged, including then Slovene Prime Minister Janez Janša. Zgaga is a member of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and a co-founder of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Slovenia.
- E-mail: blaz [dot] zgaga [at] gmail [dot] com