Harold Evans, former editor of the Sunday Times, has revealed that when he took the job he was told by the proprietor that there was only one limit to his journalistic freedom: he would not be allowed to criticise Elizabeth Windsor, Britain’s feudal head of state.
The revelation was made in an interview on CNN’s Amanpour programme.
Mr. Evans is highly regarded for the investigative journalism that the Sunday Times practiced under his editorship. However, his confession is further evidence that the private as well as state news media have denied a voice to republicans. The dominant BBC state broadcasting network has a long record of promoting the feudal institution of monarchy.