George Pell: news organisations fined more than $1m over reporting of sexual abuse verdict

7th Jun, 2021

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Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican. A number of media organisations have been fined for contempt of court in their reporting of his sexual abuse trial. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

A dozen of Australia’s largest media organisations have been fined more than $1m for contempt of court over their coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s sexual abuse conviction. On Friday the Victorian supreme court justice John Dixon ruled the 12 organisations had “usurped” the role of the court by breaching a suppression order on Pell’s now-quashed conviction for child sexual abuse.

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