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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

NPC Lends its Voice to Coalition Decrying Sentencing of Ethiopian Blogger

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

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 |

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 |

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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Panel to explore 'The New International Media: Filling a Vacuum or Pushing Agenda?'

April 25, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club will host a panel discussion May 2 to take a close look at the growing clout of several new media organizations that are at least partly government owned.

The discussion is sponsored by the Club's Press Freedom Committee and it will occur on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, a commemoration created in 1993 by the U.N. General Assembly to take stock of press freedom and strive to ensure media independence.

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Press Club teams with National Endowment for Democracy to discuss Internet freedom

April 8, 2013 | By John Donnelly |

Regulation of the Internet is expected to be the subject of a panel discussion on April 24 at the National Press Club.

Just over a week ahead of World Press Freedom Day, the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee and the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy plan to jointly present a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion of Internet freedom.

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Press Club: Judge should drop effort to compel reporter to reveal anonymous sources

April 5, 2013 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club on April 5 respectfully urged a Colorado judge to drop his push to force a reporter to reveal her confidential sources for a story about the alleged shooter in the last July’s shooting spree in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.

Jana Winter of Fox News reported days after the deadly shooting that the defendant in the case, James Holmes, had sent his psychiatrist detailed drawings of people being killed before the shootings occurred. All information in the investigation of Holmes was under seal. Winter had cited law-enforcement officials as her source.

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

March 25, 2013 | By Rachel Oswald |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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