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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 expresses outrage at slaying of journalists in Virginia

August 26, 2015

National Press Club President John Hughes issued the following statement in response to news that two TV reporters were gunned down during a live broadcast near Roanoke, Va.:

"I am horrified by the fatal shooting of reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward in Moneta, Va., as they went about their jobs serving their community today," Hughes said. "Members of the National Press Club send our thoughts and prayers to their families and colleagues. This killer, or these killers, must be brought to justice quickly."

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NPC urges Kerry to focus on press freedom in Cuba

August 13, 2015 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club on Wednesday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make press freedom and the expansion of Internet access in Cuba a priority in his department’s engagements with the Castro regime.

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National Press Club statement on reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly

August 11, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

Following is a statement by National Press Club President John Hughes on the circumstances surrounding the possible legal jeopardy for reporters Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of Huffington Post who were covering the disturbances in Ferguson, Mo., last year.

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Statement on Jason Rezaian trial by National Press Club

August 10, 2015 | By John Hughes |

Following is a statement by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club, on the conclusion of what is expected to be the fourth and final trial session for Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post.

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A push To free Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian

August 3, 2015 | By Ufuoma Otu |

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has now been held in an Iranian prison for one year, and that's the focus of this edition of Update-1, the Press Club podcast.

It was July 22 of last year when Iranian security forces swarmed Rezaian's home without warning and arrested him. Recently Ali Rezaian, Jason’s brother, and the Post's Executive Editor Marty Baron spoke at the club about the life Jason has lived since that day. Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu is the host.

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Club honors jailed journalists with Press Freedom awards

July 31, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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