Daily Mirror reporter James Hipwell is to appear before the
A former Daily Mirror financial reporter who was jailed for purchasing
low priced stocks and then recommending them to readers is to give
evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
James Hipwell received a six-month prison sentence in February 2006 for
pocketing nearly £41,000.
He mentioned the stocks in the Daily Mirror's City Slickers column and
then quickly sold them as values soared.
Mr Hipwell claimed in July that journalists at the Daily Mirror and
other newspapers hacked phones.
Publisher Trinity Mirror insists that its journalists work within the
criminal law and the Press Complaints Commission code of conduct.
The inquiry into press standards, which after today will break until
January 9, will also take evidence from three journalists who wrote
about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Portugal in 2007 for
the Daily Express, Nick Fagge, Padraic Flanagan and David Pilditch.
In March 2008 Express Newspapers paid £550,000 libel damages and printed
front-page apologies to the missing girl's parents, Kate and Gerry
McCann, over a series of articles falsely alleging they were responsible
for their daughter's death.
Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Leveson Inquiry in July in
response to revelations that the News of the World commissioned a
private detective to hack murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone after
she disappeared in 2002.
The first part of the inquiry, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in
London, is looking at the culture, practices and ethics of the press in
general and is due to produce a report by next September.
The second part, examining the extent of unlawful activities by
journalists, will not begin until detectives have completed their
investigation into alleged phone hacking and corrupt payments to police,
and any prosecutions have been concluded.