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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


Club welcomes court decision to protect reporter's source

December 16, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club welcomed an appellate court's decision that an Illinois reporter cannot be compelled to reveal the identity of an anonymous source.

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National Press Club Dismayed Over Reported Arrests of Turkish Journalists

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

The National Press Club president expressed concern over reports that Turkish authorities have arrested a couple of dozen people in what appears to be a crackdown on media outlets that are critical of the Turkish government.

In an apparent attempt to silence detractors of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at least 24 people were arrested Dec. 14, including at the offices of Today's Zaman newspaper and STV television news, reports indicate. Those detained reportedly included journalists and television producers.

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National Press Club Pleased at Reported Decision in Risen Case

December 13, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed relief at reports that the Justice Department will not force a reporter to disclose in court the identity of a confidential source.

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National Press Club urges Iran to free Washington Post reporter

December 10, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club pressed the government of Iran on Wednesday to do its utmost to free a Washington Post reporter who has been in jail for 140 days and counting.

Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned without any public airing of his charge, the Post reports. He is not permitted to see a lawyer, nor has he been allowed bail. He is only visited by his wife.

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Publishers to discuss threats to press freedom in Latin America at Newsmaker Tuesday

November 30, 2014 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

Publishers from two leading newspapers in Latin America will discuss threats to press freedom in the region at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

Speaking will be Miguel Henrique Otero, owner/publisher of El Nacional, the most influential newspaper in Venezuela and one of the most prestigious newspapers in Latin America, and Carlos Perez Barriga, owner/publisher of El Universo, an Ecuadorian newspaper.

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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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