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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Creating the next Khaled Abu Toameh

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the story of Khaled Abu Toameh, the 'Palestinian' journalist who moved to the Jerusalem Post so that he would be free to write what he thinks.

Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl has created a program that may create more Khaled Abu Toameh's - journalists who aren't afraid to speak their minds - throughout the Muslim world.
Judea has set up a foundation to fund “mid-career journalists from Muslim-dominated countries to come to the U.S. and work for six months at a major newspaper and go back to their countries and tell the readers what they have learned about the U.S. and the Jewish community in the U.S. They also work at least one week at a Jewish publication.” They’ve had 14 — at some risk to themselves — participate and return to their own countries to explain what freedom of the press is all about. Alas, not a single Palestinian journalist has participated. No, I’m not surprised either.
Read the whole thing.

There's a fascinating interview (mostly good) with Judea Pearl here.

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