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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


Journalists, author to explore Obama administration's 'war on leaks,' 6:30 pm May 1

April 19, 2012 | By Melinda Cooke | mcooke@press.org

A panel of noted journalists and writers, plus a former spokesman for the Justice Department, will discuss the Obama administration's crusade against leaks of government secrets -- and against some of the journalists who report them-- at 6:30 p.m. on May 1 at the National Press Club.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the Overseas Press Club of America and the National Press Club.

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National Press Club to Iran: Release blogger, his mother and all unjustly confined

March 19, 2012 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club today called on Iran’s government to set free a jailed blogger, his mother and all journalists and other citizens who have suffered retaliation merely for exercising the basic human right of self-expression.

In 2010, the Club awarded the Iranian blogger Kouhyar Goudarzi its John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award after Goudarzi had been put in Teheran’s notorious Evin Prison on trumped-up charges. Goudarzi was freed in December of that year. But he was jailed again last July, and his mother, Parvin Mokhtare, was also detained.

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National Press Club, Other Groups Urge Pentagon to Allow Sunshine on Wikileaks Court Martial

March 12, 2012 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club and 46 other journalism organizations joined in a letter Monday to the Pentagon urging greater openness in its court martial proceedings in general and particularly in the case of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of releasing classified information to the Wikileaks organization.

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National Press Club mourns death of reporters covering unrest in Syria

February 22, 2012 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

National Press Club President Theresa Werner expressed outrage about the deaths of two journalists Feb. 22 during a shelling in the Syrian-opposition stronghold of Homs.

American journalist Marie Colvin, working for the Sunday Times of London, and Remi Ochlik, a French photojournalist, were both killed in the attack, according to media reports citing a French spokeswoman. Shells hit a building Syrian rebels had turned into an impromptu press center, according to reports quoting a message to Sunday Times employees from owner Rupert Murdoch.

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Freedom of the Press panel explores 'Arab Spring' aftermath

February 15, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa have brought the promise of more open and accountable governments and societies but that outlook has dimmed, as autocratic regimes in the region have responded to the so-called “Arab Spring” by clamping down hard on reporters and citizens communicating on the web, a panel of experts said a National Press Club Freedom of the Press event Feb. 14.

“Wait a few more years before you call it ‘spring,’” said a skeptical Abderrahim Foukara, Washington bureau chief of Al Jazeera Arabic, one of the panelists.

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NPC plans event on repression of expression in Mideast, Tues. Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m.

February 13, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee plans to host a panel to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the NPC's First Amendment room.

With a violent crackdown raging in Syria and the future of countries from Libya to Egypt still uncertain, the Mideast remains a top focus of world news. But more than a year after the start of the Arab Spring, reporters and citizens trying to document these events remain under siege.

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Panel to report on freedom of expression under siege in Mideast Feb. 14

February 8, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The NPC's Press Freedom Committee hosts a panel to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Press Club’s First Amendment room.

With a violent crackdown raging in Syria and the future of countries from Libya to Egypt still uncertain, the Mideast remains a top focus of world news. But more than a year after the start of the Arab Spring, reporters and citizens trying to document these events remain under siege.

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National Press Club hosts Feb. 14 panel to assess repression of expression in Mideast

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

The NPC's Press Freedom Committee hosts a panel to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9:30am in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant.

More than a year ago, uprisings in several Mideast countries triggered what has come to be called the Arab Spring. But when it comes to freedom of the press and the Internet, it has been a chilling period in many parts of the region. Reporters and citizens have been spied on, beaten, imprisoned and even killed merely for telling the truth about what is happening in their countries.

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Attorney details backlash against photojournalists

January 26, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

A “perfect storm” of repression has raged against photojournalists in the United States in recent years, according to an accomplished news photographer who has become an attorney representing his former colleagues.

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National Press Club condemns assault on press in Ecuador

January 13, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick expressed outrage Friday about the president of Ecuador’s systematic and relentless attacks on the press.

Angry over a piece that was critical of him, the Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa has won court rulings-- under questionable circumstances-- that could result in the shuttering of one of Latin America’s most esteemed newspapers and the imprisonment of its journalists.

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