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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


Press Club to Explore How Newspaper Unearthed Photographer's Double Life as FBI Informant

September 23, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Ernest Withers was an iconic photographer of the civil rights movement who was granted close access to Martin Luther King Jr. and other movement leaders in order to capture their images for posterity.

At the same time, it turns out, Withers was spying on King and his colleagues for the FBI.

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National Press Club condemns Turkish police attacks on journalists

September 17, 2013 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

The National Press Club criticized police aggression against at least 12 journalists in Turkey who had been covering public protests in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir.

Journalists working for a range of Turkish and foreign news organizations over the course of two days during the week of Sept. 9 sustained injuries from rubber bullets and, in at least one instance, from a stun grenade, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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National Press Club lauds Senate panel approval of media shield bill

September 12, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club Sept. 12 praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing legislation that would institute a federal shield to protect reporters from having to disclose confidential sources in many instances.

The Press Club views the legislation as better than other recent attempts to establish a shield and an improvement on the current situation, where reporters cannot guarantee anonymous sources confidentiality as long as courts can seek to compel journalists to disclose the sources’ names.

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Press Club continues fight for government transparency, First Amendment protections

September 12, 2013 | By Charles Tobin | charles.tobin@hklaw.com

The National Press Club, along with dozens of other nonprofit journalism organizations and media companies, has urged courts and federal agencies in the last few weeks to safeguard maximum transparency for government operations and strong First Amendment protections for journalists.

The Club has joined a series of "friend of the court" briefs and letters:

  • Urging the United States Supreme Court, in Johnson v. New York, to review a case challenging the routine closure of courtrooms in New York when undercover officers testify in "buy-and-bust" cases.

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NPC schedules panel exploring man’s role as civil rights photographer, FBI snitch

September 10, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The NPC's Freedom of the Press and Young Members Committees are planning a panel discussion exploring how a mid-size city newspaper was able to unearth the extraordinary story of how an iconic photographer of the civil rights movement led a double life as an FBI informant.

The panel is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in the Lisagor Room. Admission is free for National Press Club members and $5 for non-members. Register here.

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National Press Club Condemns Recent Violence Against Journalists In Egypt

August 22, 2013 | By Jeff Plungis | jplungis@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club condemned the continuing violence against journalists in Egypt and called for the country's military-backed government to ensure news media aren't targeted for doing their jobs.

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National Press Club condemns killings of journalists in Egypt, demands probe

August 18, 2013 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

The National Press Club on Aug. 16 strongly condemned the Egyptian government-ordered violence that resulted in the killings during the week of at least four journalists and the shooting, beating and detainment of many others.

The injured and killed journalists had been covering the Egyptian security forces’ attempt to break up protests by Egyptians allied with the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.

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‘Hacks’ Square Off With ‘Flacks’ Over Federal Public Affairs Practices

August 14, 2013 | By Steven Ellis | steven@ellisinternationalcommunications.com

Reporters and public affairs officers debated their roles Monday evening in the Club’s ballroom as part of a panel discussion entitled, “Are federal public affairs officers a help or hindrance to journalists?”

The Aug. 12 event, sponsored by the Club’s Press Freedom Committee and the Young Members Committee, gave NPC members and others in an audience of about 100 a first hand-look at concerns expressed by many journalists covering government agencies that some public affairs officers, or PAOs, have too much control over the flow of information available to the public.

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Expert panel to weigh effect of federal public affairs practices on open government

August 6, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club will host a panel next week to debate whether federal public-affairs offices hinder more than help the cause of open government.

The panel includes a number of experts from the fields of journalism, public relations and academia who can give voice to multiple perspectives. The event is sponsored by the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee and will convene Aug. 12 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Club’s Lisagor Room.

Click here to register now.

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