National Press Club

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


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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NPC workshop: Making the Freedom of Information Act work for you

October 28, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club will offer workshops this fall to help reporters learn how to submit effective government Freedom of Information Act requests that quickly get results.

The two-part class will be held Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Club's Zenger Room. The instruction is cosponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club’s Press Freedom Committee. The instructor is veteran journalist and attorney Lisette Garcia.

Click below to register.
Session I

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National Press Club backs reporter under pressure to divulge confidential Source

October 17, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed Thursday its support for a New York Times reporter who continues to fight a government attempt to force him to reveal in court the identity of a confidential source.

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National Press Club decries crackdowns on press freedom in Azerbaijan

October 10, 2013 | By Jeff Plungis | jplungis@bloomberg.net

As elections drew to a close this week in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the National Press Club closely monitored deteriorating press freedoms in that country and the government's imprisonment of political opponents there.

The Club joined 22 international organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, Article 19, Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety of Azerbaijan, Index on Censorship and PEN International in condemning the arrest of journalists, bloggers and human rights activists.

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