Claud Cockburn

Francis Claud Cockburn (/ˈkbərn/ KOH-bərn; 12 April 1904  15 December 1981) was a British journalist. His saying "believe nothing until it has been officially denied" is widely quoted in journalistic studies,[1][2][3] but he did not claim credit for originating it.[4] He was the second cousin, once removed, of the novelists Alec Waugh and Evelyn Waugh. He lived at Brook Lodge, Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.[5]

Claud Cockburn
Born
Francis Claud Cockburn

(1904-04-12)12 April 1904
Died15 December 1981(1981-12-15) (aged 77)
OccupationJournalist
Spouse(s)Hope Hale Davis
Jean Ross
Patricia Byron
ChildrenClaudia Cockburn
Sarah Caudwell
Alexander Cockburn
Andrew Cockburn
Patrick Cockburn
Parents
Relativesgranddaughters:
Laura Flanders
Stephanie Flanders
Daisy Cockburn
Olivia Wilde

Cockburn was "a leading British Communist Party member", and by the 1940s, he was reputed to be a prominent figure in "the Comintern in Western Europe".[6]