Vatican puts 2 journalists on trial for reporting on leaks

Pope Francis
Pope Francis prays at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement are scheduled to go on trial in a Vatican courtroom along with 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.

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.

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