British journalist, Sir Harold Evans, dies at 92

by | Sep 25, 2020

Known worldwide to Thalidomide survivors as a hero — the journalist who led the ground-breaking investigation into Thalidomide in Europe — Sir Harold Evans has died of congestive heart failure. In the 60s and 70s, and indeed all his life, Sir Harold Evans fought to expose the Thalidomide scandal: one of the greatest manmade global disasters to ever have occurred.

He took on Thalidomide during his 14-year tenure as editor of the Sunday Times. Evans was responsible for the paper’s unique style of investigative reporting which brought to public attention many stories and scandals which were “officially” denied or ignored.

Thalidomide was one such story. He brought to light the plight of hundreds of British Thalidomide children who had never had any compensation for severe birth defects some had suffered. This turned into a campaign, and Evans himself took on the drug companies responsible for the manufacture of Thalidomide, pursuing them through the English courts and eventually gaining victory in the European Court of Human Rights. As a result, the victims’ families won compensation after more than a decade. Moreover, the British Government was compelled to change the law inhibiting the reporting of civil cases.

US Thalidomide survivors join with their international brothers and sisters in gratitude for his investigative journalism that set the bar high; his tenacity; his genuine interest in justice for Thalidomide survivors; and his advocacy.

Click here for the BBC News Story.

Click here for a YouTube video: “Legendary” Harry Evans on Thalidomide, Obama and Donald Trump

Click here for news story in The Guardian

Click here to read the article in the US Sun

John Marshall

Most of us participated in a guided tour of the US Capitol Building. Most impressive, in my opinion, was the Rotunda, the infamous domed circular room in the center of the Capitol. The historical paintings i.e., the Declaration of Independence along with the statues and busts of former presidents were impressive. BUT no one could resist looking up!

The conference was a jam-packed three days ending with a “roaming” dinner in the hotel. The term is used lightly, as it turns out, we have a party animal in our midst. Our fearless leader, JoJo Calora, had quite the set-up in his room. He had karaoke goin’ on. He also cranked up the tunes and blasted out heavy metal! Did you know there’s a song about thalidomide? It’s called “Prescribing Horror” by Exodus. You shouldn’t listen to it before you go to sleep. LOL! Fortunately, no neighbors complained, and fun was had by all. Although there was food, snacks, and drinks in three other rooms, people didn’t roam much. JoJo had the fun room! Can’t wait for next year!

Robert Gamble, JoJo and Elizabeth


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