Daniel Pearl commemorative concert highlights press freedom

Taipei,  A concert was held in Taipei Saturday to commemorate the life of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.

The annual event which was held from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. included snacks and musical performances, featuring eight bands and performances of Balkan music, bluegrass, blues and more.

It is hoped that Pearl’s life as a devoted journalist and fiddle player will be remembered through music, said Cédric Alviani, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia Bureau.

It is important that the spirit of Pearl and press freedom, is kept alive as it enables the public to monitor those they elect to pubic office, he said.

“Journalism is not perfect,” he said. “But without independent journalism, you are not a citizen — you are a subject.”

The concert in Taipei could be the only one held in East Asia this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Alviani.

Pearl’s contribution is remembered through a world music day named after him which is now held in 140 countries annually, featuring more than 13,900 performances.

One attendee at the Taipei event was Emily Mangat, who said it was the first time she has attended the festival because she wanted to enjoy music and celebrate press freedom.

Pearl died in 2002 at the hands of terrorists while working as the South Asia Bureau chief for the Journal.

To celebrate his life, Pearl’s friends came together in 2002 to launch Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an international series of concerts in September and October, that spread a message of tolerance, hope and humanity.

Taipei was one of the first cities to participate in the event.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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