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Sir Harold Evans
Sir Harold Evans During his 14-year tenure as editor of the Sunday Times, Evans was responsible for its crusading style of investigative reporting which brought to public attention many stories and scandals which were officially denied or ignored. One such report was about 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 for the newspaper's Insight investigative team, 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.
Elaine Potter wrote for the Sunday Times and co-authored several Sunday Times books, including Suffer the Children: The Story of Thalidomide, and Destination Disaster: From the Tri-Motor to the DC10. Elaine is a trustee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She is co-founder of the David and Elaine Potter Foundation.
Ralph Nader is an American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. Nader came to prominence in 1965, with the publication of his book Unsafe at Any Speed a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers. In 1999, a New York University panel of journalists ranked Unsafe at Any Speed 38th among the top 100 pieces of journalism of the 20th century.
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Geoffrey Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster.Robertson is a founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple, a recorder, and visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London.
Bruce Page is an investigative journalist who was head of the Sunday Times Insight team’s investigation into the thalidomide tragedy. Rather than the campaign to get compensation for the children, he concentrated on the history of the drug’s development. He and the team proved gross negligence in the testing procedures undertaken by the German company, Chemie Grunenthal, and of the British distributor of the drug (under the tradename Distaval), Distillers.
Alan Rusbridger is a British journalist, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian He took up the post in 1995, having been a reporter and columnist earlier in his career. Rusbridger stood down from the post at the end of May 2015.