Birnbauer judges distinguished 2013 Daniel Pearl Awards

Monash University senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer judged the prestigious 2013 Daniel Pearl Awards.
Monash University senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer judged the prestigious 2013 Daniel Pearl Awards.

Monash University senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer was among a panel of distinguished judges to select finalists in the 2013 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.

Bill was one of four international judges, representing the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, to choose six finalists in the prestigious competition. 

Bill, a former investigative journalist with The Age, said it was heartening to see great journalism being done by reporters around the world.

“We hear a lot of grim news about the demise of quality journalism but the terrific stories in the Daniel Pearl awards are evidence that the media continues to value and promote investigative reporting,” Bill said.

“I would have loved to see an Australian entry among the finalists because the ABC, Fairfax, News Limited, and a number of independent online websites have produced high-quality investigations that encapsulate the watchdog role of the media.”

The awards honour Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by militants in Pakistan in 2002 while investigating a story about ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid.

To read a detailed investigation into Daniel Pearl’s murder, click here.