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


Video: How Post 9/11 Antiterror Laws are Being Used Globally to Crush Press Freedom

March 25, 2013 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

On March 12, 2013, the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee held a moderated panel discussion on how laws enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are being used to crush press freedom.

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National Press Club: Where Sunshine Happens

March 8, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee has a full slate of activities planned for Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue on the importance of open government and freedom of information. This non-partisan, non-profit initiative is celebrated in mid-March each year to coincide with James Madison's birthday on March 16.

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Club to mark Sunshine Week with panel on Freedom of Information Act March 14

March 1, 2013 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

During Sunshine Week March 10-16, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club's Professional Affairs and Freedom of the Press Committees plan to help journalists and others obtain information that the government might not want you to have.

Reporters and watchdogs will offer tips on how to use the Freedom of Information Act to ferret out documents and data at a panel discussion on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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National Press Club asks President Obama to fulfill FOIA promises

February 25, 2013 | By Jeff Plungis | jplungis@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club joined a coalition of 49 groups writing to President Barack Obama last week to underscore concern that the administration isn't living up to its open-government goals.

The president issued a memorandum on January 21, 2009 -- his first full day in office -- to all federal agencies stating that the Freedom of Information Act "encourages accountability through transparency" and "is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government."

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Online security workshop slated for Feb. 26 at the National Press Club

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

Are you a reporter who knows the need to protect yourself and your sources online but doesn't know where to start learning?

We've got your answer. The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee and the National Press Club Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee will host an online security workshop on Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop will be led by Stephane Koch, Reporters Without Borders' senior online security advisor. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the NPC's Bloomberg Room. The cost is $35 for Club members and $75 for non-members.

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National Press Club marks Sunshine Week with program on Freedom of Information Act

February 13, 2013 | By Jonathan Salant | jsalant@bloomberg.net

During Sunshine Week, March 10-16, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club's Professional Affairs and Freedom of the Press Committees plan to help journalists and others obtain information that the government might not want you to have.

Reporters and watchdogs will offer tips on how to use the Freedom of Information Act to ferret out documents and data at a panel scheduled for March 14 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is one of several events during the annual effort to talk about the importance of public access to the workings of government and the people's right to know.

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NPC expresses outrage as Turkey becomes top jailer of journalists

February 12, 2013 | By Jeff Plungis | jplungis@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club expressed grave concerns Feb. 12 regarding reports that the government of Turkey is using anti-terrorism laws to jail more working journalists than any other country in the world.

All told, 42 journalists and four media assistants are incarcerated in Turkey, more than in Iran, China or any other country known for repression of the press, according to Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy organization for journalists. In addition, the group is reviewing whether more than two dozen other people in Turkish jails may also be media professionals.

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NPC Offers Course in Online Security for Journalists

February 6, 2013 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee and the National Press Club Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee will host an online security workshop on Feb. 26.

The workshop will be led by Mr. Stephane Koch, Reporters Without Borders' senior online security advisor. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in NPC's Bloomberg Room. The cost is $35 for National Press Club members and $75 for non-members.

Register here.

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National Press Club calls for protection of journalists in Syria

January 4, 2013 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club voiced its serious concern over the status of journalists whose lives are at risk as they cover the conflict in Syria.

A number of reporters and media workers have been killed or have gone missing in Syria since the war began, while others have been held prisoner by rebels or by Syrian government personnel.

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Press Club expresses concern over reported attacks on journalists in Gaza

November 28, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club has expressed grave concern about reports of recent attacks on reporters by Israeli military forces and urged militaries everywhere to safeguard the press during armed conflicts.

During the recent fighting in Gaza, Israel Defense Forces reportedly injured numerous reporters and killed in a drone strike three people who some said were reporters but who the Israeli government said were terrorists.

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