Daniel Pearl’s Death, 10 Years Later: An Interview With His Father Judea Pearl - BlogPost
Ten years ago today, a videotape was released that would shock the world, not only for what it contained but also for the dangerous precedent it set for journalists working abroad.
Daniel Pearl. (Associated Press) The tape showed — over an excrutiating three and a half minutes — the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, and had gone to Pakistan for an interview relating to al-Qaeda.
Last year, newly public evidence showed that Khalid Sheik Mohammed had executed Pearl. Mohammed describes himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and is currently being held at the U.S.-run military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Last week, BlogPost spoke to Pearl’s father, Judea, who is a computer scientist in his mid-70s at UCLA. He and his wife also run the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which was founded to “address the root causes of this tragedy, in the spirit, style, and principles that shaped Danny’s work and character.”
Here’s our edited interview with Pearl: