Conclave: Author of controversial book denied accreditation
Journalist published leaked Vatican documents11 March, 19:01
(ANSA) - Vatican City, March 11 - Journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, the author of a book which leaked private documents of Benedict XVI at the center of the Vatileaks scandal, was denied accreditation by the Vatican to follow the conclave, the reporter said Monday via twitter. "It's an obscurantist choice, no transparency or freedom of the press here".
Nuzzi published confidential Vatican documents in his book "Sua Santita'" (His Holiness) alleging corruption and infighting over the running of the Vatican bank, at the center of a number of scandals in the past.
Nuzzi's book focused on the power struggles through several faxes, letters and internal memos. Paolo Gabriele, the pope's butler, was convicted of stealing personal papal documents and leaking them. He was jailed and later pardoned by Benedict XVI.
Nuzzi applied for accreditation last week to follow the conclave for Italian television channel La7.
He was denied accreditation on Monday, but was given no explanation for the rejection.
A documentary by Nuzzi, "The Pope's Choice" will be broadcast by La7 on prime time on March 23.