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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


National Press Club Decries Philippine President-Elect’s Dangerous Rhetoric

June 1, 2016 | By Miranda Spivack and John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club condemned recent statements by the president-elect of the Philippines that journalists could be targeted for assassination.

“Just because you’re a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch,” Rodrigo Duterte was reported as saying at a May 31 news conference in Davao, where he is mayor.

Duterte has advocated vigilante justice and capital punishment for certain crimes. His comments appeared to suggest that journalists who are deemed to have committed capital crimes should not be exempt from such retribution.

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National Press Club Alarmed by Growing Press Crackdown in Egypt

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

The National Press Club on Wednesday voiced alarm over deteriorating press freedom conditions in Egypt following this week's arrest of the head of the country's journalists' union.

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National Press Club President: What Does Donald Trump Have Against the Constitution?

May 31, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president expressed alarm on Tuesday about Donald Trump’s dangerous attitude toward the First Amendment.

At a press conference earlier in the day, Trump had said “the press should be ashamed of themselves” for investigating his fundraising for veterans. Trump at one point called an ABC News reporter a “sleaze.” “You know my opinion of the media,” Trump said, “it’s very low.”

Two days before, Trump had told a crowd on the National Mall that reporters are “liars” and “lowlifes.”

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Press Club Welcomes Azeri Reporter’s Release From Jail

May 25, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club on Wednesday applauded the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan’s decision to order the release of award-winning journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

Ismayilova has been imprisoned for a year and a half on charges widely seen as retaliation for her investigative reporting into the finances of the country's ruling family. She is expected to be freed Wednesday.

A reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ismayilova gained domestic and international attention for her exposes on corruption tied to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev's family.

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National Press Club Marks World Press Freedom Day 2016

May 3, 2016 | By Thomas Burr | president@press.org

National Press Club President Thomas Burr issued the following statement on World Press Freedom Day 2016:

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After murders in Bangladesh, National Press Club urges justice

April 26, 2016 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders expressed outrage Tuesday about the murder of two people, including a journalist, in Bangladesh.

Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Roopbaan, an LGBT magazine, and Tanay Mojumdar, a friend of Mannan’s, were hacked to death in Mannan's apartment in the capital, Dhaka, on April 25, according to news reports. Ansar al-Islam, an Al Queda affiliated Islamist organization has taken responsibility for the attack, according to CNN.

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National Press Club Condemns Murder of Syrian Journalist

April 15, 2016 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

The National Press Club condemned the murder this week of Syrian journalist Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

This is reportedly the fourth murder of a Syrian journalist in Turkey that has been claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIL. Al-Sherqat, who reported for Halab Today TV, is survived by his wife and young son, according to the State Department.

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National Press Club expresses concern of deteriorating press freedoms in Maldives

April 12, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club expressed concern April 12 about reports of the rough treatment of a group of journalists gathered to protest worsening press freedoms in the Maldives.

"We are deeply troubled by reports of tear-gassing and manhandling of journalists who were understandably frustrated by a series of moves by the Maldives government that would likely make independent, critical reporting in the country more difficult," said NPC President Thomas Burr. "We will continue to closely monitor events in the Maldives and urge authorities to be protectors, not opponents, of press freedom."

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National Press Club urges release of captive U.S. journalist

April 11, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders lauded Syria’s release April 8 of Kevin Patrick Dawes, an American citizen who had been detained since October 2012, and they expressed the hope that Austin Tice, a U.S. journalist who has been missing in Syria for even longer, will soon be set free.

Tice, a freelance reporter, was working in Syria for the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers, among others, when he disappeared more than three and a half years ago. He is believed to be alive and in detention, but his captors are unknown.

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National Press Club alarmed about reported abuses in DC by Turkish security

March 31, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders expressed alarm about reports that security personnel guarding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had physically abused journalists in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

According to published news reports and multiple tweets from eyewitnesses, Erdogan’s security team manhandled reporters at the Brookings Institution ahead of a speech by Erdogan.

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