Yes, most people are following the Number 10 Xmas party story. But elsewhere in media scandals there's a phone hacking court hearing today against News UK. As ever, Murdoch's firm insists there was zero phone hacking at the Sun and everything took place at the News of the World.
A series of 2000s celebrities are settling with News UK (Sharlene Spiteri and Shane Warne start) and receiving damages for phone hacking. Each statement includes a denial from News UK that Sun journalists hacked the celebs' phones and insists only News of the World staff did it.
Three individuals failed to agree public statements with News UK: Sienna Miller, Paul Gascoigne, Evan Harris. Lawyers for News UK want to have the argument over these statements heard in private away from journalists. They fear individuals could be named then reported by media.
Dec 8, 2021 · 11:47 AM UTC
Lawyer for phone hacking victims opposes News UK's request, saying it is "curious for a media organisation to seek to restrict other media organisations from reporting". Guardian and BBC have hired a lawyer to make the case that we should be able to report on the hearing.
News UK said the media may not report fairly on phone hacking hearing. They lost. Judge sided with Guardian/BBC: "It seems to me to be extremely difficult for News Group to satisfy the test that it is necessary to sit in private to secure the proper administration of justice."