Guardian Media Monkey Diary

20th July

Tabloid editors have had a jittery couple of weeks amid exposés about the murky world of phone hacking and private investigators. Now Monkey hears that, unbeknown to Fleet Street's muckiest, a team of documentary-makers have secretly spent the past two years attempting to shed light on the techniques used by the celebrity press. The independent film made by Chris Atkins, the director of the Bafta-nominated Taking Liberties, was turned down by a host of executives from the media establishment after it emerged it would "expose specific high profile figures within the world of the media and PR industry guilty of hypocrisy, immorality and corruption". The documentary is in the post-production phase and, we're told, proving a headache for lawyers.