Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell is surrounded by Australian police as he leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Australia, October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Dadswell

News & Updates

December 13, 2018: US Outlets With Australian Bureaus Also Abiding By Gag Order 

Paul Farhi of the Washington Post reports on US outlets that are complying with the Australian suppression order. He notes that The New York Times did not mention the conviction on their site, rather only reported on the outcome of the case in their US print edition.  The New York Times and other outlets like the Associated Press and Reuters have bureaus in Australia, so reporting on the case could be risky.

Washington Post
December 12, 2018: Gag Order Prevents Australian Media From Reporting On Details of Verdict In Vatican Sex Abuse Case

The Australian media is grappling with how to cover a high-profile case of a high-ranking Vatican official who was convicted on five counts of child sexual abuse in light of a suppression order, the equivalent of a gag order, placed on reporting on the verdict. The front pages of the Herald Sun and The Daily Telegraph,  both daily newspapers owned by News Corp, are a striking example of this struggle.

The Hill NPR

Analysis & Opinion

Should US Outlets Have Heeded The Australian Order?

Should US outlets abide by a gag order in a different country? Mathew Ingram of CJR delves into this question, making note that the Washington Post, one of  the only mainstream news outlets to publish the news, received some pushback and raised eyebrows for doing so.

Why Are Gag Orders Issues And Are They Obsolete In The Digital Age?

Back in March, Mark Pearson, Professor of Journalism and Social Media at Griffith University, explained the reasoning for the gag order restrictions in cases like this one and questions whether it needs to be reassessed in a digital age.

The Conversation