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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


Government Public Affairs Offices: More Hindrance Than Help for Open Government?

July 22, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

A National Press Club panel will convene from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Lisagor Room to debate federal public-affairs practices that some say can cut the public off from its government officials.

Although executive branch communications offices can be useful, at times indispensable, in helping the press cover the government, reporters need to always be free to seek information in other ways. Yet doing so has become difficult to a degree that some say jeopardizes open government.

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National Press Club urges Obama administration to press Jordan on censorship

June 7, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club joins other national and international news organizations in calling on the government of Jordan to reverse its decision to block more than 200 news websites and to revoke the law upon which it was based, which requires the licensing of journalists in the country.

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NPC joins other groups in pushing for more openness in Wikileaks Trial

June 5, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club this week signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief urging that the press be given prompt access to documents filed in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who provided a large number of U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010.

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In the wake of seizure of reporters’ communications records, First Amendment expert to visit Club June 11

June 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The Justice Department has been monitoring reporters’ communications as it seeks to prosecute leaks of classified information. Journalists have cried foul, and they worry about a chilling effect on potential sources. Questions about the balance between national security and press freedom have rarely been more pressing.

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National Press Club to Host First Amendment Attorney Floyd Abrams

May 28, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

As U.S. prosecutors increasingly monitor reporters to get to the bottom of leaks, the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee will host leading First Amendment attorney and press-freedom advocate Floyd Abrams, who will discuss these issues and his new book.

Abrams, a senior partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, has been at the forefront of nearly every major press-freedom and free-speech case in the last 40 years—from the Pentagon papers in 1971 to the Citizens United case in 2010.

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NPC Welcomes Review of Leak Probes but Still Worries About Judicial Overreach

May 24, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club on Friday welcomed President Obama's directive that the Justice Department reexamine its policies for investigating leaks to the press.

But the Club's president, Angela Greiling Keane, said journalists are worried about what appears to be a pattern of judicial overreach by the Obama administration.

"We are greatly concerned that the Justice Department's actions in these cases will have a chilling effect on would-be whistleblowers," Greiling Keane said.

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Club Stands With Dozens of News Groups Protesting Associated Press Investigation

May 15, 2013 | By Jeff Plungis | jeff.plungis@gmail.com

The National Press Club joined more than four dozen media organizations to call for the Justice Department to return phone records of Associated Press reporters obtained in what was described as "an overreaching dragnet for news gathering materials."

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NPC Lends its Voice to Coalition Decrying Sentencing of Ethiopian Blogger

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club joined with other human rights and journalism organizations in criticizing an Ethiopian court decision upholding an 18-year jail sentence for a blogger in that country.

The groups say the man, Eskinder Nega, has been unfairly convicted on specious terrorism charges.

The National Press Club spoke out last year about Nega’s case.

"We are deeply disappointed that Nega has been sent to prison, when his only 'offense' appears to have been writing critically about the government," said NPC President Angela Greiling Keane, a Bloomberg News reporter.

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National Press Club Announces Press Freedom Award Winners for 2013

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the National Press Club announced the winners of its 2013 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards: Zeynep Kuray, a woman reporter from Turkey, which jails more journalists than any other nation; and, in the United States, "The Whistleblower."

Each year, the NPC confers its Aubuchon award on people whose work and lives have advanced the cause of press freedom and transparency. The annual award goes to one domestic recipient and one international one.

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National Press Club marks 20th year of World Press Freedom Day, May 3

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club commemorated the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day today with a sober reminder of how unfree the press is in most of the world and a pledge to keep working to change that.

Created in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3 each year and has three goals.

The first is to evaluate the state of press freedom. The second is to defend the press from attacks on its independence. And the third is to honor those who have sacrificed, sometimes with their lives, to bring the public the news.

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