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Daniel Pearl Journalism Center Opens In Israel

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This undated photo shows Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal newspaper reporter kidnapped by Islamic militants in Karachi, Pakistan. The Wall Street Journal announced February 21, 2002 that Pearl has been confirmed dead, presumably murdered by his abductors. The British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death July 15, 2002 by a Pakistani court for the kidnap and death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Three accomplices were sentenced to life imprisonment.
This undated photo shows Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal newspaper reporter kidnapped by Islamic militants in Karachi, Pakistan. The Wall Street Journal announced February 21, 2002 that Pearl has been confirmed dead, presumably murdered by his abductors. The British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death July 15, 2002 by a Pakistani court for the kidnap and death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Three accomplices were sentenced to life imprisonment.

HERZLIYA, Israel -- An Israeli college has established a journalism center named for a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan.

The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya launched the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute on Wednesday.

Pearl was on his way to an interview in Pakistan in 2002 when he was abducted and later beheaded. His last words were, "I am Jewish."

Pearl's widow, Mariane, wrote a memoir that was turned into a movie starring Angelina Jolie.

The institute aims to advance quality journalism in the Middle East and promote balanced reporting from the region. It will offer fellowships to outstanding journalists and immersion programs for visiting reporters.

Pearl's father, Judea, said he hoped the institute would be a "towering contribution to Danny's legacy, his life, his mission and his dreams."

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