Leveson Inquiry told hacking was 'bog-standard' journalism tool at Daily Mirror
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
James Hipwell, a former financial reporter for thetabloid, told the today he believed hacking into voicemails of celebrities and others was a "bog-standard tool" for entertainment journalists at the Mirror.
Hipwell was fired from the paper in 2000 and then convicted and sent to prison in February 2006 for using his "City Slicker" column in the newspaper to write about companies he had a financial stake in, which netted him approximately £40,000.newspapers, which publishes the Mirror, also publishes another tabloid which is also alleged to have used phone hacking to get stories.
Hipwell told the inquiry he believed that voicemail hacking was "genuinely accepted", "happened every day" and "was entirely accepted by the senior editors on the newspaper" and that "it was seen as a slightly underhand thing to do but not illegal." He also stated "that a great number of the Mirror's showbusiness stories would come from that source" and that "[s]howbiz hacks discussed techniques and products of hacking openly".
Hipwell's testimony contradicts claims by the former editor of the Mirror,, who now hosts a talk show on . Morgan claims that under his editorship, he was unaware of any hacking, but Hipwell claims it is unlikely Morgan did not know about hacking going on at the paper.
The Leveson Inquiry was set up by the British Prime Minister David Cameron following the scandal which engulfed the after widespread allegations they hacked into voicemails of crime victims and their families including the murdered schoolgirl , and has so far interviewed numerous representatives of the media industry, and alleged victims of press intrusion and phone hacking.
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