Charlie Hebdo to receive the Daniel Pearl Award
Organizers of an annual award from the LA Press Club, in the memory of Daniel Pearl, have decided to award this year’s prize to satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the January attacks.
The award for the French magazine will be presented at the press club’s annual gala dinner on June 28 at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism has been bestowed by the Los Angeles Press Club in conjunction with Judea and Ruth Pearl since their son’s death in 2002.
The Pearls declared: “We grieve and stand united with the French people, and with the families of all victims of the Paris massacre. We are humbled by their sacrifice which has re-awakened the world to a deadly peril that must be confronted and eliminated.”
Los Angeles Press Club President Robert Kovacik added: “No act of terrorism can stop freedom of speech. Giving the Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo is a strong message to that effect.”
Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, whose Paris headquarters were attacked by Islamist gunmen last week, killing 12, said: “We are deeply honored. Of course, we’ll accept,” the statement added.
Past recipients of the award have included US journalists Richard Engel and Bob Woodruff, as well as Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in October 2006.