‘Conspiracy’ claim in Pell contempt case

Australian Associated Press

January 28, 2021

By Karen Sweeney

Claims of a “Catholic conspiracy” were partly behind a Melbourne newspaper’s decision to publish a story about Cardinal George Pell’s child sexual abuse conviction, a court has heard.

The Age newspaper, journalists and editors are facing contempt charges over articles published after Cardinal Pell’s now-overturned conviction in December 2018, over alleged breaches of suppression orders.

Australian media were banned from reporting the verdict in the case until February 2019 because Cardinal Pell, who has since returned to Rome, was due to face a second trial.

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