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Release reporter: CPJ

New York JAN. 31. In response to his captors' latest demands and threats against Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's life, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called again for the reporter's release in a statement on Wednesday.

"We appeal to the captors of Danny Pearl to release him immediately, so that he can rejoin his wife, who is pregnant with their first child, and resume his work of reporting the news," said the CPJ executive director, Ann Cooper. "Daniel Pearl is a solid, experienced journalist, known for his sincere efforts to get at the truth. He went to Pakistan to find out what was happening from the Pakistani perspective, and to report that to the readers of his newspaper, The Wall Street Journal." "His kidnappers have gained absolutely nothing by holding him hostage. They will gain absolutely nothing by threatening to kill him. They will also gain nothing by threatening other journalists working in Pakistan," Ms. Cooper said.

Reuters reports from Karachi:

Pakistani police today said they were taking seriously a death threat against kidnapped Pearl and were questioning the leader of a radical Islamic group suspected of involvement.

An e-mail from a group claiming to be holding Pearl and threatening to kill the Wall Street Journal reporter within 24 hours was sent to various media organisations yesterday.

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