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Media lawyers in Australian court over Cardinal gag order

CANBERRA, Australia — Dozens of high-profile Australian journalists and major media organizations have been represented by lawyers in a court on charges relating to breaches of a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for sexually molesting two choirboys.

Reporting in any format accessible from Australia about the former Vatican economy chief’s convictions in a Melbourne court in December was banned by a judge’s suppression order that was not lifted until February.

Lawyers representing 23 journalists, producers and broadcasters as well as 13 media organizations that employ them appeared in the Victoria state Supreme Court on Monday for the first time on charges including breaching the suppression order and sub judice contempt, which is the publishing of material that could interfere with the administration of justice.

The Associated Press

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