Here in the UK, an extensive privacy debate takes place after The Guardian newspaper announced it was filing a lawsuit over the exclusion of media from a hearing on Prince Philip’s will earlier This year.
In September, Andrew McFarlane, president of the High Court’s Family Division, ruled that Philip’s will would be sealed for 90 years. Among the few in attendance were a lawyer representing the Duke’s estate of the law firm Farrer & Co, the Queen’s private attorneys and the Attorney General, the government’s chief legal adviser.
The media were not informed of the hearing or allowed to attend, as the public interest was represented by the Attorney General. A spokesperson for the Guardian News & Media told CNN in an emailed statement that the High Court’s decision to ban media from hearing without notifying the media or allowing them to make representations “constitutes a clear threat to the principles of open justice. “