Ian Hislop (born 1960) is editor, and part-owner, of British satirical magazine Private Eye and a panelist on Have I Got News For You. Due to the large number of libel lawsuits the Private Eye has received, he has sometimes been described as being "the most sued man in Britain".
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- Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.'
- For fifty years Private Eye has pretty much in most issues exposed a miscarriage of justice, and a lot of them have been murders. Over the years, large numbers of these cases have been found to be entirely wrong, and the men convicted -- almost always men, there was a couple of women -- have been found innocent, so we would have killed those people, and in some of those very high profile cases which involved terrorism cases, we would have made very dangerous new martyrs by executing people who turned out not to have committed the murders involved. So on a purely practical basis, whatever you think it says about the civilised nature of your society or not, I think it would be incredibly dangerous to have capital punishment back.
- "I do have a residual belief that, if at all possible, you should try not to mock the weak"
- "In Britian we have a free press. It's not a pretty press, but it's free. The people who can't bear the Daily Mail, they say: 'you should ban it'. No no, no no, you don't ban it... you don't buy it." — Have I Got News For You, 11th October 2013