PAKISTANI JOURNALIST AWARDED INAUGURAL DANIEL PEARL
Under Auspices of Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships
Washington, DC, May 9, 2003 - Fasih Ahmed, an
editor for the Lahore-based Friday Times and Daily
awarded the inaugural Daniel Pearl Fellowship. Ahmed
will be a member of the Wall Street Journal's
Washington, DC bureau from June through November.
This special fellowship, underwritten by the Daniel
Pearl Foundation and administered by the program created
by Alfred Friendly - a Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist and former managing editor of The Washington
Post - honors the life and work of journalist
Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal South
Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered in
"For those of us who worked with Danny and want
to honor his memory, it's hard to imagine anything
more appropriate than hosting a journalist from abroad
in his name," said Wall Street Journal Washington
Bureau Chief Jerry Seib. "Danny taught us all
how to appreciate the way journalism can knock down
barriers and bring understanding, and spreading those
ideals in his name is a mission we all can embrace.
Fasih Ahmed seems to share that vision, and is a highly
capable journalist who can carry it forward."
Fasih Ahmed, 25, is the assistant news editor at The
Friday Times and copy editor at the Daily
has been with The Friday Times since 1995 and with
the Daily Times since its inception last year. Ahmed
said. "I am honored to have been selected as
the first Daniel Pearl Fellow and I hope that through
my work I shall do his memory proud."
On June 10, Fasih Ahmed and nine other journalists
will arrive in Washington DC to begin their training
as the 20th class of Alfred Friendly Fellows. Like
their 214 predecessors, including six from Pakistan,
these journalists will learn firsthand the practical
realities of journalism in this country and the role
it plays in our society. The Fellows are exposed to
new and different journalistic ideas and apply what
they learn to the operations of their own news organizations
once they return home. The experience and training
have had a profound impact on our Fellows' professional
and personal lives, the publications for which they
work, and their readers.
Najam Sethi, editor of The Friday Times and Daily
Times said, "Fasih's youth, exuberance,
talent and new-found direction and knowledge after
a stint at the Wall Street Journal will be invaluable
in helping us shoulder the burden of building bridges
between the West and the Islamic world."
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in his memory
by his family and friends last year. Ruth Pearl, Danny's
mother and the foundation's secretary and financial
officer said, "This fellowship represents a continuation
of Danny's lifelong work of bridging cultures through
journalism. We welcome Fasih as our first Fellow and
we hope to expand the program in the coming year."
The Alfred Friendly Fellowships, strengthened by the
Daniel Pearl Fellowship, will advance that urgent and
demanding mission. AFPF’s website is http://www.pressfellowships.org/.
More information on Daniel Pearl is available at http://www.danielpearl.org/ and www.saja.org.
(To schedule an interview with Fasih Ahmed, any of
the incoming Fellows or with Fellows in 72 countries
from previous years, please contact Susan Albrecht,
director of the AFPF program, at 202-737-4414.)
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