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January 31, 2008

Father considers impact of Daniel Pearl’s murder six years on

By Julie Tomlin GR

To mark the sixth anniversary of the murder of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl his father, Judea, has written in a column that the fact that his son was not killed “for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented” was a “new twist of killing journalists” that has “changed the course of journalism”.

Pearl suggests a “simple test” as the “Daniel Pearl standard of responsible journalism”: Accordingly, to distinguish true from false journalism, just choose any newspaper or TV channel and ask yourself when was the last time it ran a picture of a child, a grandmother or any empathy-evoking scene from the “other side” of a conflict.

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