Reuters editor-in-large Sir Harold Evans dies at 92

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Legendary British-American journalist, Sir Harold Evans dies at the age of 92. According to his wife Tina Brown, he died of congestive heart failure in New York. The trailblazing journalist, Sir Evans is most popularly known for his works in investigative journalism covering issues of human rights, political scandals and public interest policies. 

The finest of his works include his investigation exposing several drug companies including Distillers Company responsible for the manufacturing of Thalidomide. Thalidomide was a drug that came in UK in 1958 which was prescribed to expectant mothers to overcome morning sickness. This however led to the birth of many children with missing limbs, blindness, deformed heart and several serious medical ailments. Evans led a campaign for the compensation for the victims of Thalidomide which was fought by him for over a decade until he brought compensation to the affected families. In 2014, Evans gave an interview to the Independent, wherein while talking about the campaign he said, “I tried to do – all I hoped to do – was to shed a little light. And if that light grew weeds, we’d have to try and pull them up.”

In his 70-year influential career, he looked after the most prominent British newspaper, The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981 as an editor. After 14 years he left the newspaper and joined Times of London as an editor. However, the journey of Evans with Times of London was short as he left it a year later due to disagreement with Rupert Murdoch over editorial independence. In 2011, he joined Reuters as editor-in-large. He was named ‘greatest newspaper editor of all time’ in 2002 and was given ‘knighthood for services to journalism’ in 2003 for his books about the press and relentless efforts in raising the standard of journalism through his work.

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