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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


National Press Club Cheers Reports That Imprisoned Iranian Blogger Was Freed

December 14, 2010

The National Press Club today is cheering reports that Kouhyar Goudarzi, an Iranian blogger imprisoned for the last year in Teheran's notorious Evin Prison, has been released.

Goudarzi was the international winner of the Club's 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

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National Press Club Demands Iran Release Jailed Journalists

November 16, 2010

The National Press Club president on Monday evening called upon Iran to free journalists and other political prisoners whom it has incarcerated.

Alan Bjerga made his statement as the Club honored in absentia Kouhyar Gourdarzi--an Iranian blogger in prison since December 2009--as the international winner of the 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards. The Club also honored Charles N. Davis--a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a storied advocate of open government--as the domestic winner of this year’s Aubuchon award

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Reception for Press Freedom Honorees, 6:30 pm Nov. 15

November 12, 2010

The Club will honor the recipients of its 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award -- a University of Missouri journalism professor and an Iranian blogger -- at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The event is open to members and the public.

The award, given each year to one domestic and one international recipient, honors people who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government.

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Club Voices Outrage Over Beating of Russian Journalists

November 10, 2010

The National Press Club called on President Dmitry Medvedev and other Russian authorities in the country to track down and prosecute the perpetrators who severely beat journalist Oleg Kashin.

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Club Wants Answers On Detained Cameramen

September 22, 2010

The National Press Club called on the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to clearly explain the detention the week of Sept. 20 of two Afghan cameramen covering events in that country for global news organizations.

The two detainees, Mohamed Nader and Rahmatullah Nekzad, took photos and videos on a freelance basis for Al Jazeera. Nekzad also has worked for the Associated Press.

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National Press Club Backs Supreme Court Brief Seeking Broader FOIA Disclosure

September 15, 2010

The National Press Club has joined an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to encourage broad government disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

The brief was filed Sept. 7 by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and media organizations in support of the release of U.S. Navy records about weapons being stored on an island in the Puget Sound.

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National Press Club Board Selects Press-Freedom Honorees

August 25, 2010

The National Press Club Board of Governors voted on Aug. 23 to honor a University of Missouri journalism professor and an Iranian blogger with its 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award.

The award, given each year to one domestic and one international recipient, honors people who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government.

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Club Hails Signing of Press Freedom Law

May 17, 2010 | By John Hughes | Jhughes5@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club hailed the signing of the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, which will bring greater scrutiny to the treatment of the news media around the world.

The law, which was approved by the House in December and the Senate in April, expands the State Department's annual report on countries to include the status of press freedoms.

Where there are severe violations of those freedoms, the report will examine whether countries participate in, or condone, the restrictions.

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National Press Club Condemns Pentagon Barring of Reporters

May 13, 2010

The National Press Club condemned Monday a recent decision by Defense Department officials to ban four reporters from covering military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The journalists were banned for reporting the name of a witness, even though the person's name was already on the public record.

"The Pentagon decision to bar these reporters is unwarranted, given that the information was already widely known," said Alan Bjerga, president of the National Press Club. "This action serves no purpose other than preventing experienced reporters from doing their jobs."

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National Press Club Decries Police Raid of Virginia Student Newspaper Office

April 19, 2010

The National Press Club called the police raid of a Virginia student newspaper deplorable and urged law enforcement to cease taking any such action in the future.

James Madison University's The Breeze newspaper reported on its Web site that Marsha Garst, Virginia commonwealth attorney for the region, and Harrisonburg police confiscated 926 photos from the newsroom April 16. Most of the photos depicted a riot the police are investigating. The photos have been temporarily sealed until an agreement can be reached, The Breeze reported today.

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