Vatileaks 2. On the eve of the trial, calls to Vatican Authorities
The OSCE and the Order of Journalists demand to drop charges against journalists and to respect freedom of the press
On the eve of the beginning of the trial dubbed “Vatileaks 2”, expected for Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Court of the Vatican City in Piazza Santa Marta, the OSCE and the Order of Journalists invitated to reconsider the charges against reporters addressed by the Holy See. Furthermore, the indicted journalists have protested their innocence and claimed that this trial is an attack on press freedom.
From Vienna, the UN Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, made a strong appeal to the authorities of the Vatican State, which is a member of the OSCE, for the withdrawal of the criminal charges set against the reporters Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, to trial for an offense for which, according to Vatican law, they risk facing up to eight years in prison for having published two books containing confidential documents of the Vatican.
“Journalists must be free to report on matters of public interest and to protect their confidential sources,” Mijatović said. “I urge the authorities not to proceed with the charges and to protect the rights of journalists in accordance with OSCE commitments.”
The recall OSCE was reinforced by a statement by the Executive Committee of the National Order of Journalists, which defends the two reporters recalling that persons registered to the order must “follow the substantial truth of the facts and must divulge information and not be the custodians of secrets”.