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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


Hearing for detained Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez set for Feb. 26

February 9, 2018 | By Wire staff report | wire@press.org

An asylum hearing for detained Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez has been set for Feb. 26, although it could be pushed back to March.

Gutierrez and his son Oscar have been confined at an El Paso, Texas, detention facility since Dec. 7 after an attempt by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport them was halted by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals.

In December, the bureau agreed to review the case. Gutierrez's lawyer, Eduardo Beckett, is seeking an extension of the Feb. 26 hearing until the end of March because of other cases he has pending.

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Speakers protest detention of Mexican journalist on press freedom, moral, legal grounds

January 22, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Speakers at a Jan. 19 press conference sponsored by the National Press Club and its non-profit affiliate, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, protested continued detention of Mexican journalist Emilio Guttierrez by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on press freedom, moral and legal grounds.

Andrea Edney, who became Club president less than two hours before the press conference, introduced the program as her first official act and promised her commitment to the case.

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Club to update developments on jailed journalist at news conference, tomorrow 2 p.m.

January 17, 2018

The National Press Club and its non-profit affiliate arm, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) to discuss developments in the asylum case of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez.

The event, to be held in the First Amendment Lounge, will feature remarks by Club officers and staff as well as attorney Eduardo Beckett, who is representing Gutierrez pro bono.

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More than 60,000 sign National Press Club's 'Free Emilio' petition

January 9, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

As National Press Club Press Freedom award-winner Emilio Gutierrez and his son, Oscar, marked one month in detention at the hands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the number of signatures on a change.org petition calling for his release more than doubled over the weekend to nearly 65,000.

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National Press Club effort to free Mexican journalist reaches 'crucial phase'

January 5, 2018 | By Wire staff report | wire@press.org

The National Press Club's effort to prevent the deportation of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez has reached a “crucial phase,” Club executive director William McCarren said Thursday, as U.S. immigration officials reconsider his petition for asylum.

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National Press Club condemns continued detention of reporters in Myanmar

December 29, 2017 | By Rachel Oswald | racheloswald@cqrollcall.com

The National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute condemned today the continued detention of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar and urged the government there to promptly release them.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in custody since December 12th on accusations of breaching the government's Official Secrets Act. The two journalists had been covering the Rohinga human rights crisis in Rakhine state.

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Bureau of Immigration Appeals agrees to reconsider asylum request of jailed Mexican journalist

December 28, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to reconsider National Press Club Press Freedom award-winner Emilio Gutierrez’s asylum petition following a campaign by Club members and allied professional journalism organizations to prevent the Mexican reporter from being deported to his home country, where he is under a death threat.

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National Press Club renews its call: #FreeEmilio; petition garners 21,000 signatures

December 26, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Following the brutal Dec. 19 assassination of another Mexican reporter, Gumaro Pérez Aguilando, the National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute are renewing their call for U.S. authorities to grant asylum and freedom to this year's NPC Press Freedom award-winner, Emilio Gutierrez Soto.

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National Press Club, Journalism Institute to Board of Immigration Appeals: Free Emilio

December 15, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute are asking the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to grant asylum to NPC Press Freedom award-winner Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist now imprisoned in El Paso.

“We are stepping out of our normal role as observers to advocate in this case because we believe the precedent that could be set is so ominous, not only for the safety of our colleagues but for the future of free speech,” wrote NPC President Jeff Ballou and Journalism Institute president Barbara Cochran in a letter to the Board of Appeals.

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Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez speaks to Club from detention center

December 12, 2017 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

Speaking by phone from a detention center in Texas, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, who won the National Press Club’s International Press Freedom award in October, told a Club press conference Monday he would be killed if he is deported to Mexico.

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