/ 02 February 2021

Aussie media plead guilty

Charges have been dropped against 15 journalists and editors yesterday after 12 media outlets pleaded guilty to contempt of court over the reporting of Cardinal George Pell’s since-overturned child abuse convictions in 2018. At the time, Pell’s convictions could not be reported because of a suppression order put in place to avoid prejudicing jurors in a second trial, which didn’t eventuate. The outlets – which were mostly News Corp and Nine Entertainment mastheads – were charged over their publication of cryptic articles saying they had been prohibited from reporting on a story of major public interest involving a high-profile Australian figure. As part of the plea deal, other contempt of court charges have been dismissed. The companies will front court again next week for a 2-day plea hearing. 

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