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 honors jailed journalists with Press Freedom awards

July 31, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

The top honorees at the National Press Club awards dinner on July 29 couldn’t attend the event – not due to deadlines or travel but because they are in jail.

The Club presented its John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award to two U.S. reporters – Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post and freelance reporter Austin Tice – and a foreign correspondent – Khadija Ismayilova of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – who are being detained in Iran, Syria and Azerbaijan, respectively.

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National Press Club Urges Ethiopian Government to Improve Press Freedom

July 24, 2015 | By Michelle Jamrisko | jamrisko@gmail.com

As President Barack Obama leaves for a trip to Ethiopia and Kenya today, the National Press Club urged the Ethiopian government to immediately release jailed journalists imprisoned for their work.

While six journalists were reportedly released from jail in Ethiopia on July 9, at least 11 others remain imprisoned, according to human rights groups.

Among those still detained is Eskinder Nega, whose high-profile advocacy for press freedom has prompted charges of terrorism – an accusation frequently leveled without basis in fact by governments against their critics.

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National Press Club Comments On Death of Nineteen Year-old Cameraman in Syria

June 26, 2015 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The following statement was issued today by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club:

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Journalism Institute plans to offer three-day cybersecurity training course for journalists

June 10, 2015 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

Reporters will get the chance to learn how to protect themselves and their sources from cyberhacking at a three-day training course at the National Press Club.

The hands-on cybersecurity-training series will take place on three Saturdays: June 20, June 27 and July 11. Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased for individual sessions or for all three sessions.

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Journalists who were jailed by the feds call for federal shield law

June 5, 2015 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

Several former journalists who went to jail to protect their sources from the U.S. government decried the lack of transparency in the Obama administration and called for a national shield law so other reporters won’t be detained in the future.

“No one should have to go through what we went through in order to get information and disseminate it to the public,” said Brian Karem, the event’s moderator. Karem went to jail four times to protect a confidential source in story about a San Antonio murder case.

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Podcast features NPC President Hughes discussing press freedom

June 3, 2015 | By Mike Hempen | Mhempen204@comcast.net

The National Press Club has taken its fight for press freedom to a new level.

In the most-recent edition of Update-1, NPC President John Hughes explains to NPC Broadcast Committee Vice Chair Adam Konowe why press freedom is under attack and why the Press Club is uniquely positioned to fight for freedom of the press.

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S.C. reporter plans to join fellow ‘jailbird’ journalists in calling for greater press freedom

June 1, 2015 | By Varun Saxena | vsaxenaster@gmail.com

A South Carolina reporter who went to jail due to his reporting in one the largest corruption prosecutions in U.S. history plans to discuss the need for stronger legal protections for journalists at a National Press Club forum tonight at 6 p.m. in the Murrow Room.

Tickets are $5 for Press Club members and $10 for nonmembers and can be purchased by clicking here.

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Court reporters jailed for refusing to testify in criminal cases to speak at Club June 1

May 28, 2015 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

Journalists Libby Averyt and David Kidwell both found themselves behind bars in the 1990s for refusing to testify after conducting jailhouse interviews.

On Monday, June 1, the two reporters will discuss their experiences going the distance for First Amendment rights at a Club event timed for the start of International Whistleblowers Week.

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Federal shield law most needed for local, freelance journalists, reporters to say on June 1

May 25, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

While a federal shield law would benefit all journalists, those with the most to gain are freelancers and reporters for smaller news organizations, according to two journalists with direct experience in the matter.

Lisa Abraham and Josh Wolf will join with nearly a dozen other journalists who have been jailed for insisting on their rights under the First Amendment at the National Press Club on June 1 to call for national shield law.

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Roxana Kopetman, who refused to testify, to join June 1 event on jailed journalists

May 21, 2015 | By Galen Tan | galentan@gmail.com

In the 1980s, Roxana Kopetman spent time in jail in defense of the principle that journalists should not be compelled to testify just for being witnesses to an event, particularly when there are other bystanders.

Kopetman will be part of a panel of fellow jailbird journalists at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the Murrow Room. The two-hour landmark symposium will focus on the need for stronger legal protections for reporters.

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