Mariane Pearl to Speak on Press Freedom Tuesday

Mariane Pearl, a French freelance journalist for Glamour and the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a panel on defending press freedom.

Pearl’s husband was murdered in Pakistan by members of Al-Qaeda in 2002, and the experience formed the basis of her memoir, “A Mighty Heart,” which was later adapted into a movie starring Angelina Jolie. Pearl’s visit is part of a series of events to mark World Press Freedom Day, co-sponsored by the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Pearl will be joined on the panel by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Esther Brimmer; Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner, and Carl Gershmann, president of NED.

In May of last year, President Obama enacted the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, aimed at protecting American journalists around the world.

Details…The panel, “Defending Press Freedom in the 21st Century,” begins at 9 a.m. in the Capitol Visitors Center, rooms SVC 210/212.