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President Obama Signs Freedom Of Press Act At White House
Mariane Pearl (L) and son Adam Daniel Pearl (2nd-L) react after President Barack Obama signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of Press Act in the Oval Office of the White House on May 17, 2010 in Washington. The act, named in honor of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, expands the examination of press freedom worldwide in the State Department’s annual human rights report. UPI/Mark Wilson/POOL
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Daniel Pearl (October 10, 1964 – February 1, 2002) was an American journalist who was kidnapped and killed by Al-Qaeda.

At the time of his kidnapping, Pearl served as the South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, and was based in Mumbai, India. He went to Pakistan as part of an investigation into the alleged links between Richard Reid (the "shoe bomber") and Al-Qaeda. He was subsequently beheaded by his captors.

In July 2002, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British national of Pakistani origin, was sentenced to death by hanging for Pearl's abduction and murder.

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