George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two 13-year-olds in 1996 and 1997 at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. Follow live updates
• Full report: Pell found guilty of child sexual assault
• Explainer: what has Pell been convicted of?
• Five times guilty: how Pell’s past caught up with him in courtroom 4.3
• Dozens of journalists accused of breaking Pell suppression order face possible jail terms
• ‘Disgraceful rubbish’: the moment Pell reacted to child abuse allegations
Australian media outlets have been unable to report that the country’s most senior Catholic had been convicted of child sexual abuse until now because of a suppression order on the case.
But, as this story from Amanda Meade explains, dozens of journalists have been threatened with a charge of contempt of court – and could face possible jail terms.
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The chief justice, Peter Kidd, lifted the suppression order just before 11am this morning, after about an hour of argument and two quick breaks. Here is what happened.
First, the Department of Public Prosecutions said it would discontinue its prosecution of the second trial, known as the Ballarat or swimmers trial, and that therefore the suppression order, which was in place to ensure that the second trial was not prejudiced, could be lifted.