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[Perspectives] Thalidomide and journalism’s golden era

The thalidomide disaster was such a desperate tragedy that it is hard to imagine newspapers of the time were not running daily, probing front-page stories, pointing the finger of blame and demanding justice for the victims and their families. Yet they were not. Distillers, the company that marketed the drug which caused birth defects, was sheltered by a judicial system in the UK that prevented public exposure of what went wrong while compensation claims were being heard in the courts.

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