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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


CBS News' Lara Logan, Al Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz named John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winners

July 22, 2011 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club has selected CBS News correspondent Lara Logan and Al Jazeera’s Dorothy Parvaz as winners of the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award for 2011.

The Aubuchon Press Freedom Award honors people whose actions embody the struggle to advance press freedom and open government. Each year, the Club selects one domestic and one international figure to receive the award.

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Club hails release of journalist hostages

June 30, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club applauded the release of two French television journalists and an interpreter who had been kidnapped and detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan for more than 18 months.

Those kidnapped included two reporters, Herve Guesquiere and Stephane Taponier of France 3 Television, and their interpreter, Reza Din. There was no news of two assistants who accompanied them when they were taken in December 2009. Their release was confirmed Wednesday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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NPC condemns killing of Mexican journalist and his family

June 21, 2011 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club condemned the killing of Mexican journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco and his family inside their home as violence against the news media in the country has been on the rise.

Lopez Velasco, his wife, and their 21-year-old son were killed by gunfire in Veracruz, located on Mexico's southeast coast. Velasco was editorial director for the Notiver daily newspaper and wrote a column about politics and crime, according to media reports. His son was a photographer for the paper.

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National Press Club urges swift probe of Pakistani journalist’s murder

June 8, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club urged Pakistani authorities on June 6 to swiftly investigate and prosecute the murder of Syed Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani reporter who was found dead last week after having been tortured.

On Monday, the National Press Club hosted representatives of Pakistani news organizations in the United States to mourn the death of Shahzad, a correspondent for Asia Times. Speakers at the event included Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, and representatives of Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch.

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NPC Condemns Subpoena for Reporter in Leak Case

May 26, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club criticized Thursday a decision by the Justice Department to subpoena a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal trial about who leaked him information for a book he wrote.

Federal prosecutors issued the subpoena May 23 with the support of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The subpoena orders the reporter, James Risen, to testify in the case of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA employee accused of leaking to Risen material for a book he wrote about the CIA.

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National Press Club to Syria: Release imprisoned journalists

May 10, 2011 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club urges the Syrian government to release and guarantee the safety of imprisoned journalists, including Dorothy Parvaz, an Al-Jazeera reporter who formerly worked for the Hearst newspaper chain.

Parvaz is one of several journalists who have been imprisoned in Syria. Parvaz went there recently to cover the uprising and has been detained by the government and blocked from letting anyone know about her whereabouts and her health.

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National Press Club calls for halt to abuses of reporters

April 27, 2011 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

As World Press Freedom Day approaches next week, the National Press Club is drawing attention to the unacceptable frequency with which journalists in dozens of nations are imprisoned, abused, beaten or killed.

"The National Press Club deplores in the strongest possible terms the mistreatment of reporters wherever it may occur and calls for the release of every journalist who has been detained for the 'crime' of doing his or her job," said National Press Club President Mark Hamrick.

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National Press Club Urges Egypt to Bring Abusers of Journalists to Justice

February 23, 2011

The National Press Club urged Egypt to bring to justice those responsible for abusing reporters in that country and to enshrine press freedom in its new constitution and other laws.

In a letter Tuesday to Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States, NPC President Mark Hamrick said the case of CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was one of dozens of brutal attacks in Egypt since last month.

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National Press Club Statement on CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan

February 16, 2011

The following statement was issued today by National Press Club President Mark Hamrick.

The National Press Club is urging authorities in Egypt to aggressively investigate and bring to justice the individuals responsible for the brutal attack on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan. The NPC also notes with extreme dismay reports that dozens of other journalists have been injured or killed since the unrest began last month.

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National Press Club Condemns Egyptian Crackdown on Information

February 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 -- The National Press Club condemns the Egyptian government for cracking down on the rights of reporters and Egyptian citizens to freely share information about events in their country.

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