Vatican charges two journalists on trial for reporting on leaks
Nov 24, Rome: Two Italian journalists who cited the documents in two books will face the tribunal, along with two members of a papal commission and an assistant. Other three people accused of leaking them the information in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the OSCE, among others, have all called on the Vatican to drop the charges against Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
The two reporters face up to eight years in prison if convicted of charges they violated Vatican law by publishing news based on confidential Holy See documents, Associated Press reported.
The three other people on trial were affiliated with the commission: Monsignor Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda was its No. 2, Francesca Chaouqui was a member and outside public relations expert, and Nicola Maio was Balda's assistant.
In interviews Monday, Nuzzi and Fittipaldi both called the process "Kafka-esque." With hours to go before the start of trial, neither they nor their
lawyers had seen the court file detailing the accusations against them. Nuzzi spoke for the first time with his Vatican court-appointed lawyer only on Monday morning. They were indicted Friday, media reports said.
Though they technically risk arrest by stepping on Vatican soil Tuesday, both said they planned to attend the trial — if only to report to the world what transpires.
Much of both books was based on documents produced by a reform commission Francis appointed to get a handle on the Vatican's financial holdings and propose reforms so that more money could be given to the poor.
The Oslo Times