Dozens Of Journalists Face Court Today Over Pell Trial Contempt

Dozens of media bodies could face contempt convictions following the trial of Cardinal George Pell, with a Supreme Court application to be heard on Monday.

Some of Australia's top editors and journalists face prison for contempt over their coverage of the trial of Cardinal George Pell and lawyers are due in court on Monday on their behalf.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has named 36 organisations and individuals, asking they be found guilty of contempt of court for breaching a suppression order and prejudicing Pell's sex abuse trial.

A court artist sketch by Paul Tyquin of Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Cardinal George Pell has been jailed for a maximum of six years for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in the 1990s. (AAP Image/Paul Tyquin)

Among those listed include Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston, The Age editor Alex Lavelle, Sydney radio shock-jock Ray Hadley and Today show host Deborah Knight.

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Organisations are standing by their stories, including News Corp, which said it would "vigorously defend all charges and resolutely stand by our editors and journalists".

Pell was found guilty in December of orally raping a choirboy and molesting another in 1996.

The verdict was off limits for media reporting until February.

However, some media outlets alluded to the verdict - without actually naming Pell - while the suppression was still in place.

Prosecutors are seeking convictions and penalties including imprisonment and fines.