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Parents of Daniel Pearl Grateful for Pakistani Militant’s Arrest

It’s not clear yet what role Qari Abdul Hayee, leader of Pakistan’s sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, played in the 2002 abduction and killing of journalist Daniel Pearl. But his arrest Sunday in Karachi, the city where the Wall Street Journal reporter was taken hostage and later beheaded in 2002, has been welcomed by his parents. From the wire reports:

The journalist’s parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl, who live in the Los Angeles area, hailed the news in a statement issued through the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

“We are gratified with this latest arrest and hope that justice will be served in a timely manner on all those who were involved in the abduction and murder of our son, Danny,” they said.

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Narda Zacchino Named Executive Director of the Daniel Pearl Foundation

Former LA Times vice president Narda Zacchino has been named the new executive director of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

“We are thrilled that Narda has accepted our offer to become Executive Director,” Daniel Pearl‘s parents and Foundation co-founders Judea and Ruth Pearl said in a release. “Her background as a journalist, editor and author, along with her extensive experience in working with nonprofits make her an ideal choice. More important, we believe that she understands and believes in our core message and will be able to articulate it to a broader audience.”

Zacchino is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy and is one the co-founders of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Press release after the jump:

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Daniel Pearl Posthumously Baptized by Mormons

Daniel Pearl, the Jewish-American Wall Street Journal reporter notoriously executed by terrorists in Pakistan in the months after 9/11, has been posthumously baptized by Mormons, reports the Boston Globe.

Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who combs through the church’s archives, said that records indicate Pearl, who was Jewish, was baptized by proxy on June 1, 2011 at a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.

“It’s a lack of respect for Danny and a lack of respect for his parents,” Pearl’s widow Mariane told the Globe. “Danny would laugh…because it’s silly. It’s a bit surreal…But there is a more serious concern behind it, of respecting people’s identity and integrity.”

Mariane Pearl also called on Mitt Romney to use his sway with the Mormon church to publicly condemn the posthumous baptisms of Jews without the consent of their estates.

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NPR Correspondent Wins Lovejoy Award for Courageous Journalism

NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was just selected to receive Colby College’s 2011 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. This year was a big one for Nelson, and quite dangerous. She was all over the Arab Spring, leading NPR’s coverage from Cairo. She also reported from Benghazi, Libya, as rebel forces ousted Muammar Qaddafi from power.

Nelson opened NPR’s Afghanistan bureau five years ago. Prior to that she was a reporter for both the LA Times and the Orange County Register.

Past winners of the Lovejoy Award, which has been given out annually since 1952, include Daniel Pearl and Katherine Graham. Nelson will formally be given her award at an October 16 ceremony at Colby.

Afghan Journalist Discovers Los Angeles

Afghan journalist Emal Haidary came to Los Angeles on a five-month journalism fellowship, sponsored by the the Daniel Pearl Foundation. He worked at the LA Times from April through August and just penned a lengthy Column One piece about his experiences in America. The whole piece is worth the read, including Haidary’s experience of being here when Osama bin Laden was killed, and his impressions of constantly being mistaken for being Latino. But we found this section the most interesting.

Isn’t America supposed to be the richest nation in this world? Then who are these homeless people on the streets? In Los Angeles, you can’t walk down the street without being approached by people who beg you for your spare change.

But in L.A. I also found the freedom that America is famous for. You can grow a long beard, or you have fake breasts; you can be as skinny as a stick of macaroni but still go out jogging, or you can sit in front of the TV all day long and be as round as a barrel — either way, you are fine, it is Los Angeles.
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Kidnapped NYT Reporter’s Escape Brings Press Blackout To Light

rohde.pngOver the weekend, news broke that Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter David Rohde had escaped from captivity in Afghanistan, where he had been held for the past seven months.

The news brought relief to a community overwhelmed by stories of violence against and arrests of journalists in Iran and the recent conviction of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea.

But after the relief subsided, other questions arose. Why had no one reported Rohde’s kidnapping? According to Editor & Publisher editor Greg Mitchell, at least 40 news outlets knew about Rohde’s captivity, but they decided not to broadcast the news at the request of the Times. Mitchell said he worried that keeping the kidnapping a secret would jeopardize other reporters heading to the region, but ultimately decided it was the best cause of action in this case.

“I wonder now if a great debate will break out over media ethics in not reporting a story involving one of their own when they so eagerly rush out piece about nearly everything else,” Mitchell said in a post on The Huffington Post. “I imagine some may claim that the blackout would not have held if a smaller paper, not the mighty New York Times, had been involved. Or is saving this life (actually two, there was a local reporter also snatched) self-evidently justification enough?”

Did the press make the right decision to not report David Rohde’s kidnapping?(online surveys)

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FBLA EXCLUSIVE: The Truth About Eric Longabardi’s Necktie

Eric LAPC Awards.jpgOur post about the L.A. Press Club awards inspired a few lamentations among winners who were not listed, but no lamentations were as interesting as those of’s Eric Longabardi, who won a shared 1st place prize along with Suzanne Murch, Melanie Switzer and Raheem Dawson for an E! Entertainment documentary about the paparazzi.

His site also won the top prize for Best Website, Online Only.

The judges said of The world needs more investigative reporters, and it’s refreshing to find those who have the patience, focus and fortitude to do the hard work. Too bad they have such a lousy name. (OK, maybe we added that last bit.)

To make amends, we asked Eric to answer a few of our patented stupid questions. In the following Q&A, you’ll learn that not only is Eric a consummate journalist; he’s a consummate journalist whose mother still dresses him.

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Glamour To Publish Mariane Pearl Book With Angelina Jolie Foreword


On the heels of Angelina Jolie‘s depiction of Daniel Pearl widow Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart, Glamour is planning a book based on the “Global Diary” columns Marian has written for the magazine. The book, In Search of Hope, is due in November from Brooklyn-based powerHouse books and will include a foreword written by Jolie. Glamour says all of the proceeds from In Search of Hope will be donated to charity.


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  • Nick Goldberg, in LAT, Says He Should Have Taken Terrorist Threats More Seriously


    The LA Times Op-Ed section really must be jinxed. First, the whole Martinez/Grazer fiasco. Today, section editor Nick Goldberg writes a moving piece about his friend, Daniel Pearl, whom he knew in Teheran, 10 years ago. He asks the question so many others have asked:

    What would possess an American Jew to go to an after-hours meeting in Karachi, Pakistan, with an obviously hostile and possibly dangerous fundamentalist leader?

    And, with just the worst timing in the world, answers:

    Sure, there were killers and rejectionists and crazies, like the old Shiite mullah I met in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, who told me that that he’d never met a Jew but that if he did, he’d know it instantly and kill him; and the young Jihadi I met in Peshawar, Pakistan, who told me virtually the same thing. We knew that all was not well in the Muslim world, but it felt, somehow, like such people were on the fringes, not in the ascendancy.


    Perhaps we were naive. Perhaps I should have taken the old, bearded men more seriously when they said they wanted to kill Jews.

    People in London and Glasgow are taking those sentiments very seriously.

    Obviously Goldberg couldn’t have known about the attacks when he wrote the piece or fixed the publication date.

    Readers expect, unfairly perhaps, that professional journalists have keener instincts and sharper observational skills than the ordinary traveler/tourist, as well as access to more information.
    But what good is all that access and skill if the reporter ignores what he’d being told, face-to-face?

    How might the world be different if more journalists, 10 years ago, had not consigned the threats of “old bearded men” to the fringes of the Muslim world?

    Ann Curry Makes Angelina Jolie Cry


    Yesterday, NBC announced that Stone Phillips would be leaving the network — a cost-cutting move that, according to USA Today, favors more versatile on-air talent than the one-dimensional Stone. Versatile, like Ann Curry, who showed some of that versatility today on Today: she made Angelina Jolie cry.

    Maybe if Stone Phillips had been able to make, say, Brad Pitt cry, things would’ve been different.