After hooded terrorists ruthlessly beheaded The Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, there was only one thing on the mind of his Washington bureau colleague Asra Nomani: How to finish the story for which Pearl had paid with his life and how to find and bring his killers to justice. Pearl had gone to Pakistan to follow up on a story that ran earlier in another U.S. daily, The Boston Globe, that claimed the facilitator of the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid was in Pakistan. British-born Reid is serving a life sentence without parole in a U.S. jail on terrorism charges after he tried to detonate explosives in his shoe to bring down a trans Atlantic flight. But Nomani had a problem; you might say a mighty problem: She was going to do this as an independent project, not connected with the Journal. She needed money; she needed a home for the project; and, equally important, she needed help to carry out a gigantic investigation.
Recommended CitationPejman, Peyman, Using the Pearl Project to Develop Investigative Reporters, Middle East Media Educator, 1(1), 2011, 72-75.