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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


"I am Charlie” remembrance at NPC this week

January 11, 2015 | By Myron Belkind | myron.belkind@verizon.net

The National Press Club will honor the victims of the terrorist attack on the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris Jan. 7 with a minute of silence at the start of every Club event this week.

“We have a very full week of events, including committee meetings, Newsmakers, a luncheon, and other programs leading up to the annual general meeting, and I would like to ask each event chair to request everyone to stand for a minute’s silence to remember the victims' contributions to journalism and to freedom of the press,” said Club President Myron Belkind.

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National Press Club Condemns Deadly Attack on Paris Magazine

January 7, 2015 | By Rachel Oswald | RachelOswald@cqrollcall.com

The National Press Club condemns in the strongest terms the Wednesday shooting attack on a Paris-based magazine that left at least 12 people dead.

Late in the morning local time, three masked assailants armed with machine guns entered the offices of the weekly satirical news publication, Charlie Hebdo, and indiscriminately opened fire in the lobby, killing 12 and seriously injuring several others, a French police spokesman told news media. The attackers then fled by car. Two of the victims were police officers, according to a senior French prosecutor.

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More lowlights than highlights for press freedom in 2014

December 27, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Press freedom and government transparency in 2014 regressed more than it progressed, according according to a year-end review by the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee.

"While December saw flickers of progress for press freedom, the year mostly saw backsliding worldwide," NPC President Myron Belkind said. "Let's hope 2015 brings more respect for human rights in general and in particular for the right of the press to report freely on what people everywhere need to know."

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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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