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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


Forum to explore public affairs interference with reporting

February 27, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

A National Press Club panel on March 19 will discuss the first ever national surveys that document reporters' perceptions about whether government press offices interfere with reporting.

The event will be held March 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the National Press Club's Zenger Room. Register here.

The forum is timed to occur during Sunshine Week, which is an annual series of events in mid-March that spotlights the importance of transparency, especially government openness.

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National Press Club urges Egypt to release jailed journalists

February 27, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club lent its voice today to a worldwide appeal for Egyptian authorities to release all jailed journalists, including four from Al Jazeera who have been imprisoned for months.

"Journalism is not a crime--not in Egypt, not anywhere," National Press Club President Myron Belkind said. "We call upon the Egyptian government to ensure that these journalists, and all others imprisoned essentially for just doing their jobs, are released promptly."

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Club to host D.C. Open Government Coalition forum Wednesday, March 19

February 26, 2014 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club, as part of its participation in Sunshine Week, is hosting a panel discussion the evening of Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. on transparency in the District of Columbia.

The third annual D.C. Open Government Summit will be an opportunity to hear from innovators who have used open government data and information to create useful tools for our daily lives, such as mapping restaurant health code violations or tracking the District's emergency response times. Traci Hughes, the first Director of the D.C. Office of Open Government, will give featured remarks.

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Sunshine Week Panel: How Journalists Can Unlock Inaccessible Government Data

February 26, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee is joining with open-government groups during Sunshine Week to explore the technical keys to making 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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Panel to examine civil liberties dead zone at U.S. borders Thursday, March 20

February 26, 2014 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee will hold a panel to probe the federal government's under-reported practice of examining the electronic devices of individuals crossing into the United States.

The panel will be Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Club's First Amendment Lounge. Admission is free for NPC members and $5 for nonmembers. Register here:

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UPDATE: 'Civil Liberties Dead Zone' at U.S. borders Freedom of Press panel rescheduled

February 4, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

Please note: This event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Click here more for information.

The National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee will host a panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 13, to probe the federal government's under-reported practice of examining the electronic devices of reporters and other individuals crossing into the United States.

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Club speaks out against restrictions on reporters in China

January 30, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed profound concern Jan. 30 about reports that the Chinese government is restricting the ability of foreign journalists to do their jobs in that country.

New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy was forced to leave China over delays in processing his press credentials. He is one of many U.S. journalists who have waited months or years to have visas issued or press credentials renewed.

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NPC panel to debate 'Civil Liberties Dead Zone' at U.S. borders

January 30, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

Please note: This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The NPC Freedom of the Press Committee will host a panel next month to probe the federal government's under-reported practice of examining the electronic devices of reporters and other individuals crossing into the United States.

The panel will take place on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the National Press Club First Amendment Lounge. Admission is free for NPC members and $5 for nonmembers. Register here.

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National Press Club Calls for Immediate Release of Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists

January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

The National Press Club called today for the immediate release of five Al Jazeera journalists held prisoner in Egypt.

"The ongoing imprisonment of these men and the continuing efforts of the Egyptian government to suppress Al Jazeera's reporting should be seen as anathema to supporters everywhere of the public's right to an independent and critical press," National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane said.

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Is freedom of the press on the decline?

December 12, 2013 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.net

Are news organizations in the United States free to report on federal, state and local government officials? Or is press freedom something of the past? The National Press Club’s new podcast, "Update-1," discusses this issue with NPC President Angela Greiling Keane and Freedom of the Press Committee Chairman John Donnelly.

The show can be heard by clicking here. All Press Club podcasts can be found on the Club website (click on Multimedia and then Podcast) and on iTunes.

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