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Journalists Attacked

Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl. (AFP)

U.S. government officials confirmed the killing of Daniel Pearl, a South Asia correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, on February 21, 2002.

Pearl, 38, went missing on January 23, 2002, in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan, and was last seen on his way to an interview at the Village Restaurant, downtown near the Metropole Hotel. Pearl had been reporting on a suspected terrorist.

Four days after his disappearance, a group calling itself “The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty” sent an e-mail to several U.S.- and Pakistan-based news organizations claiming responsibility for kidnapping Pearl and accusing him of being an American spy.

In 2020, the Sindh High Court overturned the murder convictions of four men accused in Pearl’s killing and found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty only of kidnapping Pearl and reduced his sentence to seven years.

The Pearl family and the Sindh provincial government appealed, and on January 28, 2021, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the release of Sheikh, and acquitted him and three others of the murder charges.

In at least 8 out of 10 cases, the murderers of journalists go free. CPJ is waging a global campaign against impunity.

The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide.

We defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

journalists killed in 2024 (motive confirmed)
imprisoned in 2023
missing globally