Vatileaks journalist denied chance to cover Conclave

Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist who last year published leaked confidential papal documents supplied by the Pope Benedict’s former butler, Paulo Gabrielle, has been denied media accreditation by the Vatican to cover the upcoming conclave.

“This is a choice for obscurantism, far from transparency and press freedom,” Gianluigi Nuzzi said on his Twitter account.

In the scandal that globally became known as Vatileaks, Nuzzi published a book “Your Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI”.

Nuzzi had submitted his accreditation application online on behalf of the private television channel La7.

He said he received a letter on Monday saying he had been denied without any explanation.

More than 5,600 journalists have been accredited to cover the election of the next pope.


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