The Australian media wants to talk about a high-profile criminal conviction but can't -- here's why

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A prominent Australian has been convicted of a serious crime, with a Victorian jury finding the person guilty of the charges this week.

But the case is subject to a suppression order that prevents Australian media reporting the identity of the person and the charges they have been convicted of.

However, in the global internet era, what has occurred is being widely reported globally. The name of the person has featured heavily on social media in the last 24 hours.

But the law in Australia means that Business Insider Australia, part of a global reporting team at Business Insider that reaches 140 million people and publishes editions in 22 countries, including the United States and the UK, cannot report on it — although our overseas colleagues can. Their work in regards to this story cannot be read on the businessinsider.com.au website.

Publishing any details in Australia could lead to charges of contempt of court against any publication and journalists responsible.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Google searches for the person’s name surged on Wednesday, particularly in Victoria, and reveal widely coverage by international media, although some websites have been geo-blocked to prevent Australian residents reading it.

The SMH says the Victorian legal system accounts for more than half of the suppression orders issued by courts nationally.

The issue also provoked Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph to publish an extraordinary front page editorial today on the matter of the suppression order, reproduced below.

The Daily Telegraph front page, December 13, 2018

If and when the suppression order is lifted, Business Insider Australia will bring you the details of what happened in the Victorian justice system after the lengthy case against the high-profile person.

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