Legendary newspaper Editor Sir Harold Evans has died at the age of 92. he is famous British-American journalist, who led an investigation into the drug Thalidomide. He died of heart failure in New York, his wife Tina Brown said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, himself a former journalist and columnist, called him “a true pioneer of investigative journalism”, as others praised his fearless approach. Author and editor Tina Brown said on Twitter that her husband was “the most magical of men” and had been “my soulmate for 39 years”.
His 70-year career also saw him work as a magazine founder, book publisher, author and – at the time of his death – Reuters’ editor-at-large. Sir Harold was editor of the Sunday Times for 14 years and oversaw many campaigns in that time.He then went on to become the founding editor of Conde Nast Traveller magazine and later president of the publishing giant, Random House.
Sir Harold forged his reputation as editor of the Northern Echo in the 1960s, where his campaigns resulted in a national screening programme for cervical cancer and a posthumous pardon for Timothy Evans, wrongly hanged for murder in 1950. During his tenure as editor of the Sunday Times, his notable campaigns included fighting the Distillers Company for greater compensation for the victims of Thalidomide.
But he said campaigns should be selective, and he deplored what he saw as the invasion of privacy by the British tabloid press.Thalidomide, which first appeared in the UK in 1958, was prescribed to expectant mothers to control the symptoms of morning sickness. However, hundreds of these mothers in Britain, and many thousands across the world, gave birth to children with missing limbs, deformed hearts, blindness and other problems.