Justice Remains Out of Reach in Journalists’ Murders

pearl_film.jpgCan it be that it’s already been four years since Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and brutally murdered in Pakistan? Evidently. And according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the circumstances surrounding Pearl’s death at the hands of Muslim extremists. Even as he sits on death row, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh — the man convicted as mastermind of the crime — is rumored to be protected by Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency, and has slowed up his execution with a series of appeals. Pearl’s family, seeking justice and closure, are reportedly frustrated at the inability of Pakistan to put an end to the case.

This week, as well, it was announced that actor Josh Lucas will be playing Pearl in a biopic thriller scheduled to come out next year. The film is set to go into production during the second half of this year, and location scouts are reportedly already eyeing areas of India, Morocco, Dubai, Libya and Tunisia.

By coincidence, last week a Russian jury also acquitted three alleged murderers of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine’s Russian edition who was gunned down outside of the magazine’s offices in 2004.