City newspaper reported – “Falter” affair: suspicion of disloyalty, bribery

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City newspaper reported – “Falter” affair: suspicion of disloyalty, bribery

The Public Prosecutor’s Office for Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA) is currently concerned about suspicions against the Viennese city newspaper “Falter” of breach of trust and bribery. This also investigates the first suspicions against ‘Falter’ co-partner Florian Klenk.

Now the self-proclaimed clean media men of the Viennese city newspaper “Falter” have also been affected. In concrete terms, this concerns possible advertising corruption or benevolent reporting in favor of the SPÖ town hall against advertising.

Chief public prosecutor confirms complaint
“I can confirm receipt of a report. If an investigation is initiated, there are no plans to inform the suspect so as not to warn him in advance,” confirms chief prosecutor Dr. René Rupprecht of the Public Prosecution Service for Economic and Corruption. The Falter affair was investigated upon request. ”.

Coercive measures such as searches ordered by the judge are also possible.

The “Krone” contains a detailed account of the facts. It raises suspicions of disloyalty, bribery and corruption – and mentions a commission amount of almost five million euros from the Chamber of Labor and the city of Vienna, including the city’s own companies.

Klenk rejects the accusations
When asked about the accusations, ‘Falter’ co-partner Florian Klenk, who is also said to have the best contacts in the judiciary, and director Siegmar Schlager angrily reject them: ‘The anonymous and completely unspecific accusations are all false and defamatory. To our knowledge, no proceedings have been initiated against us. We have never offered or put into practice sympathetic reporting towards the city of Vienna, the AK or anyone else. On the contrary, in ‘Falter’ (…) we exposed and problematized some of the city’s many scandals. In the current issue of ‘Falter’ alone, five critical pages about the city of Vienna appeared. Our conscience is completely clear.”

Source: Krone

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