They were charged of illegally procuring and circulating confidential documents violating the “fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State.” The two investigative journalists sustained their right to freedom of the press, which was claimed in this matter by Media watchdog groups and organizations too. The Committee to Protect Journalists took position saying by Nina Ognianova, Europe and Central Asia Coordinator: “Journalists should be allowed to carry out their role as watchdog and investigate alleged wrongdoing without fear of repercussions.” But the judges rejected Mr. Fittipaldi’s motion to dismiss the charges against him. Three other three defendants are charged for providing some of the documents and information that ended up in the two books: Francesca Chaouqui, a public-relations consultant; Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, a high-ranking prelate; and Monsignor Vallejo Balda’s assistant, Nicola Maio. The next term will be Monday.