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

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

January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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National Press Club Criticizes Illinois Court for Coercing Reporter

September 26, 2013 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club criticized Thursday the decision by an Illinois county judge last week to hold a reporter in contempt of court and to impose hundreds of dollars in daily fines after the reporter refused to reveal the source of leaked police reports.

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National Press Club Questions Prosecution of Official Who Disclosed Bomb Plot

September 24, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club raised questions Tuesday about the Justice Department's prosecution of an ex-FBI agent who reportedly told the Associated Press last year about a foiled terrorist plot to bomb an airliner.

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

September 23, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

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 |

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 |

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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