Australia media face 'chilling' contempt charges over Pell reporting: lawyer

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The judge, John Dixon, agreed with Collins’ argument and called on prosecutors to provide detailed statements of their claims by May 20, while setting a new hearing for June 26.

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Difficult enforcement

The verdict in the Pell trial in December was widely reported by foreign outlets, although a Victorian court was still maintaining a media suppression order in Australia to prevent jury prejudice before a second trial that was later dropped. Australian media, in their reports, did not report on the charges involved or mention Pell by name, but did run articles in which they complained of not being allowed to report on a matter of major public interest.

The gag order was lifted after the cancelation of the second trial.

The case highlights the difficulties of enforcing gag orders in the digital news era. Deutsche Welle was among the foreign news organizations to respect the suppression order.

Pell, 77, a former archbishop who served as the Vatican’s economy minister, is the most senior Catholic cleric worldwide to have been convicted of child sex abuse.

tj/rt (dpa, AFP, Reuters)

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