The Legacy of Daniel Pearl
September 26, 2008 5:51 PM   Subscribe

In January, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl disappeared in Karachi, Pakistan while seeking to meet with shadowy figures he believed to be connected with Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber." Before long, it became clear he had been kidnapped, and then that his captors had murdered him. His family responded by setting up a foundation with the mission "to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications." Among the events and programs sponsored by the foundation:

Daniel Pearl World Music Days (coming up, October 1-31)

The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding, featuring Pearl's father Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed.

Pearl World Youth News, which aims to develop journalistic skills among secondary school students around the world.

The Daniel Pearl Fellowships, which brings mid-career reporters and editors to work in U.S. newsrooms.
posted by beagle (3 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Danial Pearl Education Center
posted by caddis at 7:07 PM on September 26, 2008

Wow, that's such a great legacy. Good for them.
posted by dejah420 at 8:24 PM on September 26, 2008

Great post, beagle. It's...uh...kinda inspiring. It's so easy to fall victim to our own hate and it's incredibly brave to find avenues of understanding amidst personal tragedy of this sort. I'm not so sure that I could react the same way the Pearl family has, but I sure hope I do if, god forbid, I'm put in the same situation.
posted by NoMich at 8:46 PM on September 26, 2008

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