Dacre to give evidence at Lords Constitution Committee

Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre will give evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee on Wednesday morning as part of its investigation into the relationship between Government, Parliament and the judiciary.

The committee will ask Dacre about the media's responsibility in reporting court cases and its role in influencing the public's opinion of the Human Rights Act.

Lords will also quiz Dacre about his newspaper's coverage of criminal trials where the paper has been critical of judges' rulings.

Press Gazette understands the committee will ask him about the paper's coverage of the trial and sentencing of convicted paedophile Craig Sweeney who was jailed for five years.

On Tuesday the Lord Chief Justice defended the decision, but the Mail has long taken a strong editorial line against the decision.

The meeting will be broadcast on www.parliamentlive.tv.

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