National Press Club

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


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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

National Press Club alarmed by Turkey's purge of journalists

July 26, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club on Tuesday voiced alarm that the Turkish government was moving to arrest dozens of journalists following the recent attempted military coup.

Official Turkish news agencies report that detention warrants have been issued for 42 journalists, with five journalists already detained for questioning. A number of news outlets have also been shuttered in the days since the failed coup that sought to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Read more

National Press Club wants justice after killing of journalist in Ukraine

July 20, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club urged Ukrainian authorities to swiftly solve Wednesday’s murder of a prominent journalist in that country.

Pavel Sheremet, 44, was killed by a car bomb in Kiev as he prepared to head to the Vesti radio station, where he was to have anchored his morning talk show, according to news accounts.

Sheremet also worked for Ukrainska Pravda, the nation’s top online news web site.

A possible motive for his killing was not immediately clear. He had irked authorities in his native Belarus and in Russia before coming to Ukraine in 2014 to work.

Read more

National Press Club honors two photographers with Press Freedom Awards

June 27, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club is honoring two photographers, one of them American and the other Egyptian, with its annual Press Freedom Award, the Club announced Monday.

The winners of the 2016 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award are Tim Tai, a U.S. student photographer who stood up last fall to an angry crowd at the University of Missouri, and Mahmoud Abou Zeid, alias Shawkan, an Egyptian photographer who has been jailed since 2013.

Read more

Jailing of press group's rep in Turkey alarms National Press Club

June 21, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders expressed concern Monday about the reported arrest of a press freedom group’s representative in Turkey.

Reporters Without Borders, an independent advocate for journalists worldwide, reported Monday that a Turkish court had ordered pre-trial detention for Erol Onderoglu, the group’s representative in Turkey for the last two decades, as well as two colleagues. The men have been charged with “terrorist propaganda” for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem.

Read more

National Press Club decries death penalty for Egyptian journalists

June 20, 2016 | By Ferdous al-Faruque | alfaruque@gmail.com

The National Press Club expressed deep concern Monday over the Egyptian government's decision to uphold death penalties for three journalists.

On June 18, a Cairo court confirmed Egypt's Grand Mufti had upheld the May 7 verdicts for the three journalists who had been accused of passing state secrets to Qatar. The reporters affected are: Ibrahim Helal, former director of news at Al Jazeera's Arabic channel; Alaa Sablan, a former Al Jazeera correspondent; and Asmaa Alkhatib, a journalist with the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rassd News Network.

Read more

National Press Club lauds congressional action on transparency

June 14, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president congratulated Congress Tuesday for sending the president legislation aimed at making the federal government more transparent.

The bill, which would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, is known as the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The Senate passed the bill in March and the House approved it Monday, sending it to the president's desk for him to sign into law.

Read more

National Press Club Mourns Loss of National Public Radio Employees in Afghanistan

June 6, 2016 | By Marilyn Geewax | MGeewax@npr.org

In the wake of the deaths Sunday in Afghanistan of a National Public Radio photographer and his translator, the National Press Club offered condolences to NPR staffers and the families of those killed.

The photographer, David Gilkey, and his Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed on assignment in southern Afghanistan. They were traveling with an Afghan army unit when the convoy came under fire, NPR said. Their vehicle was struck by shell fire, and the two perished.

Read more