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Press Freedom Resources

The National Press Club supports press freedom and government transparency around the world. Check out these websites for more information on this important subject.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press · Committee to Protect Journalists · Reporters Without Borders
National Freedom of Information Coalition · Sunshine Week · Office of Government Information Services


NPC Protests White House Blackballing of News Organizations

February 24, 2017 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Leaders of the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute expressed shock Friday about the White House press secretary’s decision to keep several news organizations which have written critical stories about President Trump out of one of his briefings.

The White House Correspondents Association has protested the move.

National Press Club President Jeffrey Ballou issued the following statement:

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National Press Club calls on Turkey to allow NYT reporter in country

January 18, 2017

The National Press Club released the following statement from President Jeff Ballou regarding the case of Rod Nordland, a correspondent for the New York Times, who was detained and expelled from Turkey on Tuesday while attempting to enter the country on a reporting trip.

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National Press Club raises concerns about Trump's use of 'fake news'

January 11, 2017 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club raised concerns Wednesday about President-elect Donald Trump's continual use of the phrase “fake news” to criticize news stories that he disagrees with or that displease him. In his Jan. 11 press conference, Trump refused to field questions from certain reporters, accusing one journalist of working for a "terrible" organization and referring to an outlet represented by reporters at the event as "fake news."

National Press Club President Thomas Burr issued the following statement:

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National Press Club Alarmed at Judge's Unconstitutional "Prior Restraint"

December 14, 2016 | By Jerry Zremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

The National Press Club on Wednesday expressed dismay over a New Jersey judge’s unconstitutional decision to block a newspaper from publishing information it lawfully obtained regarding a child custody case.

Mercer County Judge Craig Corson recently issued a temporary injunction preventing The Trentonian from publishing the information, which pertains to a custody case involving a five-year-old.

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National Press Club alarmed by press conditions in Turkey

November 1, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club on Tuesday voiced alarm over deteriorating press freedom conditions in Turkey, where authorities moved this week to detain a prominent opposition newspaper editor and at least a dozen other media figures.

Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, Turkey's oldest secularist newspaper, and a number of other journalists and news executives were rounded up in police raids Monday morning, according to news reports.

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National Press Club concerned about charges against filmmakers

October 24, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club President Thomas Burr expressed concern Monday about reports that independent filmmakers have been arrested for documenting environmentalists’ protests of oil pipelines across four states.

Filmmakers Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel and cameraman Carl Davis, who were documenting protests, were arrested and charged with felonies, including conspiracy and burglary, according to news reports.

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National Press Club President Thomas Burr criticizes Trump campaign for 'journalist intimidation'

October 16, 2016 | By Tommy Burr | president@press.org

For months The National Press Club has repeatedly expressed concern for U.S. Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump's treatment of our colleagues reporting on the campaign.

After lifting an ill-advised access ban on colleagues who wished to cover Mr. Trump during the primaries, as the Republican nominee he's backsliding into ugly territory.

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National Press Club encouraged by end to Trump's media blacklist

September 7, 2016 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque | alfaruque@gmail.com

National Press Club President Thomas Burr welcomed reports Wednesday that Donald Trump's campaign has ended its blacklist of certain news organizations, though Burr noted the ban should have never existed in the first place and its removal was long overdue.

For almost a year, the Republican presidential nominee's campaign has blocked journalists from several major news outlets from receiving credentials to cover Trump events. The affected outlets have included the Washington Post, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico and the Des Moines Register.

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National Press Club expresses concern for American held in Turkey

September 1, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed concern Thursday for the well-being of an American freelance journalist who has reportedly been detained for more than three weeks in a Turkish jail.

The reporter, Lindsey Snell, has worked for news organizations such as MSNBC, Yahoo News, ABC News and Vocativ, according to her social media accounts and news reports.

Snell was detained Aug. 7 after crossing from Syria into Turkey and has been charged by Turkish authorities with violating a war zone, the State Department has confirmed.

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National Press Club Expresses Concern for American Held in Turkey

September 1, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed concern Thursday for the well-being of an American freelance journalist who has reportedly been detained for more than three weeks in a Turkish jail.

The reporter, Lindsey Snell, has worked for news organizations such as MSNBC, Yahoo News, ABC News and Vocativ, according to her social media accounts and news reports.

Snell was detained Aug. 7 after crossing from Syria into Turkey and has been charged with violating a war zone, the State Department has confirmed.

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