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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 calls release of Al Jazeera journalist a positive step

February 1, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

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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National Press Club expresses outrage at slaying of Japanese journalist

February 1, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club deplored the slaying of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and said the perpetrators must be brought to justice after Japanese authorities said Feb. 1 they believe a video depicting Islamic State militants killing Goto is authentic.

Goto, who had been held hostage before his death, was a highly-regarded journalist known for compassionately recording the difficulties children and other civilians faced in war zones.

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National Press Club urges Iran to release jailed Washington Post journalist

January 29, 2015 | By John Hughes |

The National Press Club calls on Iranian leaders to immediately release Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been detained for more than six months with unknown charges against him.

"This confinement must end," NPC President John Hughes said. "It is sickening that Iran would jail a journalist who was only trying to inform the world fairly and impartially about happenings in the country."

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Press Freedom panel on Turkey explores government control, acceptance of censorship

January 28, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and underlying attitudes of Turkish society are the sources of journalists’ restrictions, harassment and arrests in Turkey, panelists at an NPC's Freedom of the Press Committee event said Jan. 27 at the National Press Club.

Sevgi Akarcesme, columnist for Zaman Daily, a Turkish paper, called Turkey an “arbitrocacy,” under the Erdogan regime.

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National Press Club to examine crackdown on press in Turkey Jan 27

January 20, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

In the wake of the Turkish government’s December arrests of a large number of opposition journalists and media executives, the National Press Club’s Freedom of the Press Committee is convening a panel to examine repression of the media in Turkey.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the club’s conference rooms. Attendance is free for club members and costs $5 for non-members. Register here.

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National Press Club president urges Egypt to free jailed journalists

January 15, 2015 | By Myron Belkind |

National Press Club President Myron Belkind, on his last day in office as the Club’s 107th president, appealed Jan. 15 to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to free three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt since December 2013.

“President El-Sisi, I appeal to you to free these three journalists, who insist they were only carrying out their professional responsibilities as journalists when they were imprisoned on charges of supporting terrorism,” Belkind said.

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"I am Charlie” remembrance at NPC this week

January 11, 2015 | By Myron Belkind |

The National Press Club will honor the victims of the terrorist attack on the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris Jan. 7 with a minute of silence at the start of every Club event this week.

“We have a very full week of events, including committee meetings, Newsmakers, a luncheon, and other programs leading up to the annual general meeting, and I would like to ask each event chair to request everyone to stand for a minute’s silence to remember the victims' contributions to journalism and to freedom of the press,” said Club President Myron Belkind.

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National Press Club Condemns Deadly Attack on Paris Magazine

January 7, 2015 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club condemns in the strongest terms the Wednesday shooting attack on a Paris-based magazine that left at least 12 people dead.

Late in the morning local time, three masked assailants armed with machine guns entered the offices of the weekly satirical news publication, Charlie Hebdo, and indiscriminately opened fire in the lobby, killing 12 and seriously injuring several others, a French police spokesman told news media. The attackers then fled by car. Two of the victims were police officers, according to a senior French prosecutor.

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More lowlights than highlights for press freedom in 2014

December 27, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

Press freedom and government transparency in 2014 regressed more than it progressed, according according to a year-end review by the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee.

"While December saw flickers of progress for press freedom, the year mostly saw backsliding worldwide," NPC President Myron Belkind said. "Let's hope 2015 brings more respect for human rights in general and in particular for the right of the press to report freely on what people everywhere need to know."

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Club welcomes court decision to protect reporter's source

December 16, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club welcomed an appellate court's decision that an Illinois reporter cannot be compelled to reveal the identity of an anonymous source.

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