George Pell case: Australian media defend contempt allegations

Dozens of journalists and major news outlets in Australia have begun defending accusations that they breached a reporting ban in the sexual abuse trial of cardinal George Pell.

Peel, the ex-Vatican treasurer, was convicted in December of abusing two boys in 1996.

The media was barred from reporting the verdict until February.

Prosecutors say 23 journalists and 13 publishers committed contempt of court.

Defence lawyers say the case could have a negative effect on open justice.

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