National Press Club

Iranian writer describes Tehran oppression

May 12, 2010 | By Peter Hickman |

Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, who went from anti-Shah activist and Revolutionary Guard member to investigative journalist and government critic, told a May 10 Newsmaker press conference of oppressive measures the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad takes against those who disagree with it.

"Anyone merely accused officially of acting against state interests is barred from working a journalist forever," Ganji said.

Discrimination against women, he added, "is far more intense than against any other group" in Iran.

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Seyfarth & Shaw, Giant Food join 5K donors helping with journalism training, scholarships

May 12, 2010

The law firm Seyfarth & Shaw has become a sponsor of the Beat the Deadline 5K. Giant Food will supply fruit for the July 17 event.

The race raises money for the operations of the Club's non-profit arm, the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, as well as its training and scholarship programs.

If you're interested in joining the growing list of sponsors, email committee chairwoman Jessica Brady at

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Drug Czar: Youth exposed to pro-drug messages

May 12, 2010 | By Terry Hill |

“Kids today are exposed to huge, huge amounts of media-directed programs that are pro-growth messages,” National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske said at a Speakers press conference May 12.

He outlined Obama administration's new drug control strategy designed to align the strength of local, state, tribal and federal agencies, community-based organizations and non-governmental partners.

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Bankers Assn., BB&T, Weiner Public News Sponsor 5K

May 3, 2010

The American Bankers Association, BB&T and Weiner Public News are the newest sponsors of the Club's 5K.

The Beat the Deadline 5K, the Club's annual race, raises money for the diversity scholarship and the training programs of the Club's nopn-profit arm, the Eric Friedheim
National Journalism Library.

If you are interested in adding your name to the list of supporters, please mail 5K Committee Chairwoman Jessica Brady at .

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Women Serving on Submarines Is Right, Says Navy Secretary

April 30, 2010 | By Bill Miller |

Assigning women to serve aboard submarines “is absolutely the right thing to do -- and it's going to make us a better Navy,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a Luncheon speech April 30.

The former Mississippi governor and U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, soon to observe his one-year anniversary in the Navy's top civilian post, made the remark on the day the service began selecting the first group of women to perform submarine duty. Although the Navy announced its intention to lift the ban on females in submarines in February, Congress had until April 30 to intervene.

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College Executives Advocate Cost Containment, Public Support

April 29, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich |

College executives urged more support for public colleges and universities as well as innovation and cost containment for all higher education during a debate at the National Press Club on April 27.

William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, opened by agreeing with the debate proposition, “The business model of higher education is broken.”

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Theodore's of Georgetown Sponsors 5K

April 28, 2010

Theodore's of Georgetown has been added to the growing list of sponsors of the NPC Beat the Deadline 5K.

5K Chairwoman Jessica Brady says Theodore's donation means "we're getting closer to our fund-raising goal, but we're not there yet."

The July 17 race raises money for the training programs and scholarships provided through the Club's non-profit arm., the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

To become a sponsor, please email committee Brady at

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EU Parliament President Stresses Need For Transatlantic Cooperation

April 28, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh |

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek called for an increase in direct contacts between the U.S. Congress and its European counterpart at an April 27 Newsmaker.

“We want to build a much closer Transatlantic legislative partnership between the European Parliament and U.S. Congress," Buzek said. "After the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, we need to create common EU-U.S. working groups.”

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Exiled Eritrean Journalist Calls For Press Freedom in His Country

April 28, 2010 | By Chlothilde Le Coz |

Despite having a fraction of its population, Eritrea has almost as many reporters in prison as China, a fact that highlighted an event at the National Press Club on April 27.

Milkias M. Yohannes, an exiled Eritrean journalist living in Maryland, became the first Eritrean reporter ever arrested for doing his job.

“I was arrested right after I interviewed the U.S. ambassador to Eritrea," Yohannes said. "I was accused of being a CIA spy. From my colleagues who were there with me, one is in jail. We don’t know if the other is still alive."

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Dennis Quaid Features Club in Film "Chasing Zero"

April 26, 2010 | By Melissa Charbonneau |

Dennis Quaid's April 12 National Press Club address on preventing dangerous medical errors is featured in the actor's new documentary, "Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.”

Quaid, a patients' rights advocate, launched the film project as a result of the near-fatal Heparin overdose of his newborn twins in 2007.

The film is scheduled to be nationally televised on The Discovery Channel on Saturday, May 1, as the first in ongoing patient health care series.

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