'Deeply saddened' by Daniel Pearl's death, Annan salutes journalists' courage

'Deeply saddened' by Daniel Pearl's death, Annan salutes journalists' courage

Expressing deep sadness by reports of the death of journalist Daniel Pearl of The Wall Street Journal, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that this crime highlighted yet again the enormous dangers encountered by journalists, particularly in areas of conflict and violence.

'The Secretary-General salutes the courage of Mr. Pearl and his colleagues around the world, and reiterates his long-standing commitment to the right of journalists to carry out their vital work without fearing for their security, freedom or life,' said a statement released in New York this evening by Mr. Annan's spokesman. 'Where that right is threatened, all of us are placed at risk.'

Through the statement, the Secretary-General also extended personal condolences to Mr. Pearl's wife, family, colleagues and all others touched by this loss.