Holy See loses the plot in Vatican Five trial

St Peter's Dome is framed by the bars of the Perugino gate at the Vatican in Rome. Picture by Gregorio Borgia, AP 
FREEDOM of the press is one of the essential attributes of a civilised society, or so we say, yet it is always open season on journalists. Governments distrust the press, and journalists are often the targets of oppressive regimes. I have touched before on the risks faced by reporters, photographers and cameramen and women around the world. But it is not just conflict zones where they are at threat. An alarming number of journalists are disappeared by repressive regimes; and in our own more benign democratic environment the rich and powerful flex their muscles (or get the courts to flex [...]

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