LA Press Club Creates Daniel Pearl Award


(AP) The Los Angeles Press Club has created an award in memory of Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and slain in Pakistan.

The inaugural Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism will be given to the reporter’s family during the 44th annual Southern California Journalism Awards on June 22 in Beverly Hills.

“As Daniel Pearl’s murder was a reminder of how dangerous the pursuit of information can be, this award that bears his name will be a reminder and a renewal of that same spirit that sends the men and women who follow this craft to far places and difficult circumstances in the service of truth-telling,” said Patt Morrison, the club’s president and a Los Angeles Times columnist.

Future awards will be presented to other deserving journalists, who are based in the United States or abroad, in consultation with Pearl’s family.

Pearl, who grew up in Encino, disappeared in Karachi in January while researching links between Pakistan’s militants and Richard C. Reid, the man arrested in December on a Paris-Miami flight with explosives in his shoes.

A previously unknown group — the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty — sent e-mails to news organizations in January revealing it had kidnapped Pearl.

A videotape received Feb. 21 by U.S. diplomats in Karachi confirmed Pearl, 38, was dead. His body has not been found.

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