Vatican puts journalists, employees on trial as media cries foul

Vatican puts journalists, employees on trial as media cries foul

By Philip Pullella, Tue Nov 24, 2015, Reuters, 

* Journalists groups condemn trial as violation of press freedom

* OSCE urges Vatican to drop charges against journalists

* Pair wrote books alleging mismanagement and greed in the Vatican

VATICAN CITY , Nov 24 Five people, including two Italian reporters, went on trial in the Vatican on Tuesday, to outrage from rights' groups, on charges arising from publication of books in which the Holy See was portrayed as mired in mismanagement and corruption.

As they walked into the Vatican, the two reporters, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, said they had done nothing wrong and were merely doing their professional duty.

The trial, being heard by three judges, stems from publication of two books which depict a Vatican plagued by mismanagement, greed and corruption and where Pope Francis faces  . . . 

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