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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: Pressure on reporter shows need for shield law

June 4, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

In the wake of a court decision that could spell trouble for a New York Times reporter who is trying to protect the identity of a confidential source, the National Press Club urged Congress to quickly pass legislation that would enable journalists to protect their sources.

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would not take up James Risen's appeal of a United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling that he must divulge the identity of a source for a chapter of his 2006 book, "State of War."

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Afghan radio broadcaster undercuts Pentagon account of U.S. military assault on his station

May 15, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

An Afghan journalist who says he was detained and beaten by U.S. military personnel one night last February cast doubt this week on a senior U.S. military official's written defense of the actions of American commandos during the incident.

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More questions raised about U.S. commandos' alleged beating of Afghan journalist

May 14, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The Pentagon and a New York Times reporter gave conflicting accounts this week of whether U.S. special forces beat and threatened to kill an Afghan journalist in late February.

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National Press Club urges all sides in Ukraine to respect press freedom

May 5, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club voiced strong concern May 5 over a spate of recent physical attacks and kidnappings affecting journalists covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The rash of recent kidnappings includes the brief detainment and interrogation on May 2 of BuzzFeed correspondent Mike Giglio, his translator Olena Glazunova, and a CBS News team. The kidnappers reportedly were pro-Russian militants.

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National Press Club mourns remarkable photojournalist killed in Afghanistan

April 4, 2014 | By Myron Belkind and Donna Leinwand Leger |

The National Press Club joins with journalists around the world as we mourn the death in Afghanistan of veteran Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning German photographer.

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Club urges Saudi government to allow reporter to cover Obama visit

March 26, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club is urging the government of Saudi Arabia to grant a visa to the Washington bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post so he can cover President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia this week.

The journalist, Michael Wilner, is reportedly the only member of the press corps seeking to cover the president's visit who has been denied a visa for it. The White House Correspondents Association and a spokeswoman for the White House have criticized the Saudi decision.

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NPC asks Defense Secretary about report of soldiers beating Afghan reporter

March 10, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club president wrote the U.S. secretary of Defense today expressing concern about reports that U.S. special forces personnel in Afghanistan had beaten an Afghan radio journalist.

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National Press Club to Celebrate 'Sunshine Week'

March 7, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee will commemorate "Sunshine Week" later this month with four events designed to illuminate the importance of transparency and press freedom.

Sunshine Week is an annual series of events in mid-March near the birthday of U.S. founding father James Madison and spotlights the importance of open government.

The events:

Partly Cloudy: Why 'Public Information' Doesn't Always = Accessible Information

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National Press Club to host 'D.C. Open Government Summit: Street View' Wednesday, March 19

March 6, 2014 | By John Donnelly |

The D.C. Open Government Coalition will hold the third annual D.C. Open Government Summit Wednesday, March 19 at the National Press Club to focus on transparency in neighborhoods and communities in the District of Columbia.

The event, titled, "D.C. Open Government Summit: Street View," will be held during Sunshine Week and will feature remarks by:

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'Sunshine Week' Panel to Unlock Inaccessible Government Data

March 4, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club and a coalition of open government groups are joining hands during Sunshine Week to cosponsor a form discussing how to make government data truly transparent.

The panel discussion is titled, "Partly Cloudy: Why 'Public Information' Doesn't Always = Accessible Information." It's being held at the Club on March 18 during a week that spotlights the importance of open government. Admission is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

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