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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


Press Club welcomes statements urging end to impunity in the murder of journalists

November 3, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club on Nov. 3 warmly welcomed recent calls by the White House and the United Nations to end the widespread impunity that has been the response to the murder of hundreds of journalists around the world.

Since 1992, 632 journalists have been murdered with complete impunity, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Murder constitutes nearly 70 percent of work-related deaths for journalists, with local reporters making up 96 percent of those deaths, CPJ said.

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Post publishes Letter to Editor from NPC president urging release of journalists

November 3, 2014

The Washington Post published the following letter from Myron Belkind, president of the National Press Club, on Oct. 31:

“Glossing over repression” (an Oct. 29 editorial in the Washington Post) lamented “the elimination of a once-robust free press” in Egypt. The National Press Club is deeply concerned about the continued imprisonment in Egypt of media professionals, including three Al Jazeera journalists who have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven to 10 years for carrying out their duties.

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National Press Club joins petition urging protection for digital reporting

October 15, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club has joined some 7,000 media organizations, journalists and other individuals in calling on President Barack Obama to protect what the campaign calls the “Right to Report in the Digital Age.

In backing the petition, the NPC has argued that surveillance, intimidation, and restrictions on journalists threaten to undermine their ability to gather and report the news.

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National Press Club deplores Islamic State murders of journalists

October 14, 2014 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed outrage Tuesday at reports that the Islamic State militant group has killed a second journalist, the second in two days.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Mohanad Al-Aqidi, the Sada news agency’s Mosul correspondent, was murdered Oct. 13 by several gun shots to the head. Two days before, the Islamic State had publicly beheaded Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, a cameraman for Sama Salah Aldeen TV, in Samara.

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Egyptian reporter, National Press Club urge release of Cairo's jailed journalists

September 29, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

A reporter whom Egyptian authorities had imprisoned without charge for 10 months has issued a video statement at the National Press Club urging the government in Cairo to release at least 11 other journalists who are still in jail.

Abdullah Elshamy, a reporter for Al Jazeera Arabic, was imprisoned from August 2013 until June 2014. During his incarceration, he was on a hunger strike for about half a year, and he lost about a third of his body weight.

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National Press Club mourns death of photojournalist in Ukraine

September 4, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president expressed sadness on Thursday at news that a Russian photojournalist had been found dead in Ukraine.

Andrei Stenin, who worked for the state-run Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, had been missing since Aug. 5. His employer said in a statement today that he was found dead in a car. The circumstances of his death are not completely clear.

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National Press Club statement calls Sotloff execution 'abhorrent'

September 3, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club condemns the execution of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was being held by the terrorist organization Islamist State.

Sotloff was a freelancer for Foreign Policy and Time magazine, among other outlets. He is thought to have been kidnapped in Syria by Islamic State fighters in August 2013. Sotloff was last seen in a video released Aug. 19 of the execution of American freelancer James Foley at the hands of an Islamic State militant.

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National Press Club applauds Afghanistan candidates for statements on expelled reporter

August 23, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president thanked the two candidates vying to become Afghanistan's next president for separately pledging to rescind the current government's expulsion of New York Times reporter Matt Rosenberg.

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National Press Club questions Afghanistan's treatment of U.S. reporter

August 20, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president raised questions Aug. 20 about the government of Afghanistan's expulsion of a New York Times journalist whose reporting had displeased Afghan authorities.

Afghan officials ordered the reporter, Matthew Rosenberg, to leave the country and never return.

It was the first expulsion of a Western reporter in Afghanistan since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban regime, the Times reported.

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National Press Club condemns execution of James Foley

August 20, 2014 | By Jeff Plungis | jeff.plungis@gmail.com

The National Press Club condemns the execution of American photojournalist James Foley, who had been missing since Nov. 22, 2012. The terrorist group Islamic State released a video claiming to be Foley's execution.

The Press Club extends condolences to the Foley family, which had mounted a worldwide campaign to find James, who had been working for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse. Earlier in his career, Foley was a reporter for Stars and Stripes.

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