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The immense journalistic courage of Harry Evans

I worked for the great Sunday Times editor for 11 years, during which he supported his team through ground-breaking investigations with an unshakeable belief in telling the truth

By Peter Kellner  

Evans in 1967, the year he was appointed editor of the Sunday Times. Photo: S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

I joined the Sunday Times in 1969 and stayed until 1980. I worked for Harry Evans for 11 of his 14 years as the paper’s editor. Last week’s obituaries rightly described him as one of the great editors, arguably the greatest, of the 20th century. Here are some of my memories of those times.

Let’s start with an element more often found in novels: a specific similarity between two bitter antagonists. A…

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