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


Club plea for imprisoned Ethiopian journalist published in New York Review of Books

January 4, 2012 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick joined with other journalism leaders to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action against Ethiopia for imprisoning a journalist.

Hamrick is one of five people who signed a letter published in the current issue of The New York Review of Books on behalf of Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega.

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National Press Club calls on India to investigate attacks on reporters

November 28, 2011 | By John Donnelly | Jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club called on Nov. 28 for the Indian government to investigate charges that reporters were beaten in Indian-controlled Kashmir and to prevent such attacks from happening again.

The Associated Press reported that four journalists were beaten while covering a protest in that region on Nov. 25. One of them, Umar Meraj, an AP cameraman, said he was attacked with rifle butts, batons, fists and kicks. The AP said local journalists and non-governmental organizations have repeatedly reported harassment and assaults by police in the territory.

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Club event spotlights dangerous assignments

November 17, 2011 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

Among the many perilous countries where journalists work, Mexico and Pakistan stand out as particularly daunting, a panel of experts said Thursday at the National Press Club.

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Reporting from journalism danger zones Mexico, Pakistan, panel Nov. 17

November 13, 2011 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Two of the most dangerous countries in the world for working journalists, Mexico and Pakistan, will be scrutinized in a panel discussion at the National Press Club at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the First Amendment Lounge.
"The Danger of Knowing" panel, co-sponsored by NPC, Reporters Without Borders and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, will explore how Mexico and Pakistan,though different in location and circumstances, share the dubious distinction of being harrowing places for journalists to work, while events in both places demand coverage more than in most nations.

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National Press Club urges administration to reconsider Freedom of Information Act revision

October 25, 2011 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed concern on Oct. 24 about a proposed new Freedom of Information Act rule that appears to require the government to deny the existence of certain documents even when that is not true.

Federal agencies have long been able to withhold from public disclosure under the law certain categories of information, including data that pertains to ongoing criminal investigations or that is classified.

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Obama Administration not delivering on its promise of open government, journalists say

October 4, 2011 | By John Hughes | JHughes5@bloomberg.net

President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to deliver on its promise of ``an unprecedented level of openness in government,’’ when it comes to information about science, a panel of journalists said Monday.

At a forum titled ``Access Denied: Science News and Government Transparency,’’ the journalists urged the administration to provide better access to experts, respond faster to information requests and be more transparent about the reasons for failing to answer questions.

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Press Club Urges Mexico to Bring Killers of Journalists to Justice

October 3, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club on Monday called on authorities in Mexico to vigorously prosecute the murders and disappearances of journalists there.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 30 reporters have been killed or gone missing since 2006 in a nation plagued by drug-related violence that affects all its citizens.

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Access Denied: Science news and government transparency panel, 3 p.m. Monday

September 30, 2011 | By Jeff Plungis | JPlungis@bloomberg.net

Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public?

An investigation in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) finds that despite President Obama's early promise to create an open government, the nation's science reporters feel there has been little to no progress since the Bush administration.

On Monday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., the National Press Club hosts a panel of journalists and invited administration officials to critique what journalists and the government are (or aren't) doing to change that.

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Logan, Parvaz accept John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award

August 16, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

Each year, the National Press Club confers its John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award on two people whose actions contribute to the cause of press freedom and open government. The late Aubuchon was a former Club president and an ardent advocate of press freedom.

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Club outraged at jailing of Iranian blogger and his mother

August 10, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick expressed outrage on Aug. 10 at reports that Kouhyar Goudarzi, an Iranian blogger, and his mother have been imprisoned in Iran.

The Club honored Goudarzi last year as the international winner of the 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award after he had been incarcerated for months for the “crime” of speaking his mind.

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