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 expresses concern of deteriorating press freedoms in Maldives

April 12, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club expressed concern April 12 about reports of the rough treatment of a group of journalists gathered to protest worsening press freedoms in the Maldives.

"We are deeply troubled by reports of tear-gassing and manhandling of journalists who were understandably frustrated by a series of moves by the Maldives government that would likely make independent, critical reporting in the country more difficult," said NPC President Thomas Burr. "We will continue to closely monitor events in the Maldives and urge authorities to be protectors, not opponents, of press freedom."

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National Press Club urges release of captive U.S. journalist

April 11, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders lauded Syria’s release April 8 of Kevin Patrick Dawes, an American citizen who had been detained since October 2012, and they expressed the hope that Austin Tice, a U.S. journalist who has been missing in Syria for even longer, will soon be set free.

Tice, a freelance reporter, was working in Syria for the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers, among others, when he disappeared more than three and a half years ago. He is believed to be alive and in detention, but his captors are unknown.

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National Press Club alarmed about reported abuses in DC by Turkish security

March 31, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders expressed alarm about reports that security personnel guarding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had physically abused journalists in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

According to published news reports and multiple tweets from eyewitnesses, Erdogan’s security team manhandled reporters at the Brookings Institution ahead of a speech by Erdogan.

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National Press Club Concerned by Attacks on Journalists Covering Presidential Campaign

March 14, 2016 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club on Monday raised concerns about the increasing attacks and threats against journalists covering the United States presidential campaign, particularly after multiple unsettling reports from Donald Trump events. The Press Club urges all candidates and their teams to support freedom of the press, and to respect journalists playing a vital role in U.S. democracy.

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National Press Club Troubled by Turkish Government's Seizure of Leading Opposition News Group

March 4, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club on Friday voiced its serious concern over the Turkish government's move to seize control of a leading opposition newspaper and other affiliated news outlets, the latest action in a troubling series of crackdowns on independent journalism in the country.

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National Press Club Journalism Institute hosts panel on freedom of information, 6:30 pm March 16

February 23, 2016 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

The National Press Club Journalism Institute will host a panel discussion on how the U.S. Freedom of Information Act is being applied and how it can be improved at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Tickets, $5 for Club members and $10 for the public, can be purchased online.

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Statement on Behalf of the Families of the Four US Journalists Arrested in Bahrain on 14 February

February 16, 2016

The families of four US journalists who were arrested in Bahrain on 14 February can confirm that they have been released from detention. While we believe the four should not have been held at all, we are grateful to the Bahraini authorities for facilitating their timely release. We are awaiting news of their current location and hope they will be free to return to the United States as soon as possible.

We are grateful to everyone in Bahrain, the United States and around the world who offered help and assistance in securing their release.

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National Press Club Concerned About Reporters Arrested in Bahrain

February 16, 2016

The National Press Club is concerned about reports that four American journalists have been arrested in Bahrain.

The journalists were reportedly in Bahrain covering the fifth anniversary of protests that Bahrain's government violently suppressed. They were taken into custody Feb. 14, reports indicate.

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National Press Club Worries Virginia Bills Harm Transparency

February 15, 2016 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque

Two bills moving through the Virginia General Assembly threaten to bar journalists from easily accessing data on state and local employees.

The bills have the potential to significantly damage the press' ability to hold public officials accountable.

On Feb. 8, Senate Bill 552 cleared the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee in a 8-7 vote. The bill sponsored by state Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, would bar state and local governments from disclosing employee names when releasing annual salary figures.

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National Press Club issues statement by Muhammad Ali to Jason Rezaian

January 28, 2016 | By Muhammad Ali

The National Press Club issued the following statement from Muhammad Ali to Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post on Jan. 28.

"What a true blessing to learn of your release from Iran. It truly lifted a weight off my heart and I thank God that you are back home with friends and family. Your faithfulness, peace and faith helped you through this journey and will continue to lift you up throughout your life. It is my greatest hope that you continue sharing your gift of writing to share the true meaning of Islam with the world," Muhammad Ali said in the statement.

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