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


Press Freedom panel on threats to journalists' online security, Oct. 24

October 10, 2012 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

What would you do if your computer had be hacked, exposing sensitive emails, sources, story research and interview notes? What if you learn your cell calls had been intercepted, potentially outing a confidential source?

Though digital technology has been an enormous boon to journalists, it also comes with significant security pitfalls. Journalists are particularly at risk due to the unique role they play in gathering and disseminating information.

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Obama Administration Openness Scorecard: 19 of 20 agencies fail Bloomberg test

October 2, 2012 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

Bloomberg News just published a project designed to measure how well the Obama Administration is living up to its promise of making the federal government more transparent.

A team of reporters filed identical FOIA request asking for a year's worth of travel information for the heads of the 20 cabinet departments and 37 other agencies with significant public interest. The results: only one of the 20 cabinet-level departments complied under the deadline set out in law. Half of 57 agencies contacted had complied more than three months after the requests were sent out.

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Police crackdown on photogs increasing in U.S., media rights attorney tells NPC

June 28, 2012 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

Incidents of journalists and citizens being denied by police their rights to photograph and record in public spaces are on the rise in the United States, a media law attorney told members of the National Press Club June 27.

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Expert to outline threats to photographers' freedom at noon Wednesday

June 24, 2012 | By Darlene Shields | darleneshields@earthlink.net

Mickey H. Osterreicher, an attorney and award-winning photojournalist, will discuss "The Ongoing Assault on the Right to Photograph/Record in Public" at noon, Wednesday, June 27, at a joint luncheon meeting of the Club's Photography and Press Freedom Committees in the McClendon Room.

Osterreicher will discuss the tension between the press and government regarding news coverage of matters of public interest. His talk will be an update of events since his presentation at the Club on Jan. 25, 2012.

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NPC press freedom award honors three who died in Syria, intelligence reporter

June 10, 2012 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club is honoring three journalists who died this winter covering the conflict in Syria and an intelligence reporter who has repeatedly uncovered material the government would prefer to keep secret and who is fighting in court to protect a source.

The winners of the 2012 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award for international coverage are reporters Anthony Shadid, Marie Colvin and photographer Remi Ochlik, who died in Syria during February. All three had led distinguished careers in which their work shed needed light on a troubled region.

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National Press Club urges Malaysia to fulfill press freedom promises

May 29, 2012 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

The National Press Club on Friday urged the Malaysian government to honor its promise to reform the country's oppressive press laws and cease targeting journalists who publish critical stories.

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NPC Urges Release of Ethiopian Journalist

May 10, 2012 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

The National Press Club voiced its strong concern May 10 over the expected imminent sentencing of imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, who is accused of violating the country’s draconian anti-terrorism law as a result of his high-profile advocacy of press freedom.
Sentencing of Nega could come as soon as Friday. There is the chance he could be sentenced to death or ordered to spend 15 to 20 years behind bars under Ethiopia’s 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.

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NPC and Overseas Press Club spotlight 'war on leaks'

May 8, 2012 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

A May 1 panel at the club, the first collaboration of its kind with the Overseas Press Club of America, spotlighted the Obama administration’s war on leaks.

The war is being waged, panelists said, on multiple fronts: a record number of prosecutions of government officials for disclosing information; alleged eavesdropping on journalists’ communications; and suing a New York Times reporter to force him to reveal a source.

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NPC, Freedom House plan annual survey release on World Press Freedom Day

May 2, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Freedom House and the National Press Club plan to join forces on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, for the launch of Freedom House's annual survey of press freedom around the globe.

The event will take place in the Press Club's Holeman Lounge on Thursday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free. A continental breakfast will be available.

Freedom House will release the findings of its annual survey, "Freedom of the Press 2012: Breakthroughs and Pushback in the Middle East," and panelists from Egypt, Mexico and Hungary will discuss the changes underway in their countries.

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Jailed Ethiopian journalist garners press freedom award, after Club elevates his plight

April 26, 2012 | By Talia Schmidt | taliaschmidt@gmail.com

A jailed Ethiopian journalist will be recognized on May 1 for his fight to advance press freedom in his country – an effort that was elevated by the National Press Club.

The PEN American Center, a literary and human rights organization, will present its top prize, the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, to Eskinder Nega at a gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

“The key to him winning that award was the National Press Club helping him,” said Jason McLure, Nega’s friend and colleague. “It shed light on this case.”

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