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The National Press Club supports press freedom and government transparency around the world. Check out these websites for more information on this important subject.

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National Press Club President John Hughes issues statement on Jason Rezaian after Iran agreement

April 2, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The following statement from National Press Club President John Hughes on Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief who has been held in prison in Iran since July 22, 2014.

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National Press Club calls on Nigerian authorities to release journalists

April 1, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club urged the Nigerian government today to immediately release two Al Jazeera journalists who have been detained since March 24 for allegedly reporting on Boko Haram without "clearance."

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National Press Club Questions Egyptian President's Accusations on Jailed Journalists

March 18, 2015 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club questioned the veracity of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's recent accusation that two Al Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned in his country were "activists."

"The Al Jazeera English journalists who were jailed for months in Egypt were simply doing their jobs," said John Hughes, president of the National Press Club. "Tarring them as something other than objective observers is unfair and inaccurate. But it's typical of the kind of canard that dictators use to suppress reporting they don't like."

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Sunshine Week summit explores D.C. government transparency on Tuesday

March 16, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Celebrating Sunshine Week 2015, the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee will join with the D.C. Open Government Coalition to present the fourth annual "D.C. Open Government Summit" on March 17 from 6 to 8:30pm in the National Press Club's First Amendment Lounge.

The event is also co-sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists' D.C. Professional Chapter.

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Statement By Muhammad Ali on Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Reporter Held in Iran

March 12, 2015 | By Muhammad Ali

The following statement by Muhammad Ali was released today by the National Press Club. Ali, who visited the Club during his career for speeches and events, was last here attending a news conference for U.S. hikers held captive in Iran. His statements made on their behalf were credited with contributing to their safe release from Iran.

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National Press Club to host news conference on Jason Rezaian case, March 12

March 2, 2015 | By William McCarren | wmccarren@press.org

National Press Club president John Hughes will host a news conference on Thursday, March 12, at 2 p.m. to discuss developments in the case of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, who is currently being held in prison in Iran. The venue is the NPC's Holeman Lounge.

Ali Rezaian, Jason Rezaian's brother, and Douglas Jehl, Foreign Editor of The Washington Post will describe the recent events in this case and the latest conditions for Jason and the prospects for his release.

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FOIA faster: National Press Club presents Sunshine Week event on March 16

February 24, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

In commemoration of Sunshine Week, the National Press Club will offer reporters on Monday, March 16, a hands-on tutorial in getting faster and better results from Freedom of Information Act requests. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Club's Conference Rooms.

Sunshine Week is a nationwide celebration of access to public information that occurs every March.

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National Press Club urges members, guests to sign Rezaian petition

February 17, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club has set up a station in its lobby dedicated to seeking freedom for the Washington Post's Jason Rezaian, who has been jailed in Iran since July.

``Everybody needs to sign the petition to free Jason,'' Club President John Hughes said. ``We join journalism organizations worldwide in raising our voice to say that no reporter should be jailed for doing his job.''

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National Press Club Applauds Bail for Al Jazeera Journalists

February 2, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club applauded an Egypt judge's decision to grant bail to two Al Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who have been held in jail for more than 400 days.

"Bail for these two journalists is a positive sign that Egypt may be listening to voices around the world," National Press Club President John Hughes said. "Egypt must now move to permanently free these men who were jailed merely for doing their jobs."

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National Press Club calls release of Al Jazeera journalist a positive step

February 1, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club said Egypt's release of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is encouraging and renewed its call for the release of other reporters being held.

News reports on Feb. 1 said Greste, an Australian, was released and deported to Cyprus after being held in Egypt for 400 days. He had been arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges of providing assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood and spreading untrue information, according to the news reports.

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