Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act Signed into Law
May 17, 2010 1 Comment
Today, President Obama signed H.R. 3714, The Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002.
Provisions in the Act will spotlight governments that seek to silence media opposition. It will require the State Department to identify countries in which there are violations of press freedom; determine whether the government authorities of those countries “participate in, facilitate, or condone such violations”; and report the actions such governments have taken to “preserve the safety and independence of the media and to ensure the prosecution of individuals who attack or murder journalists.”
This information regarding freedom of the press violations by other governments will be included in the Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.