National Press Club

Updating The Press Freedom Cases Of Four Journalists Honored By The NPC

May 11, 2018

Updating The Press Freedom Cases Of Four Journalists Honored By The NPC

The NPC recognized World Press Freedom Day on May 3 with a news conference updating the latest developments in the cases of four journalists who have received one of the Club’s highest honors, the John Aubuchon Press Freedom award. The information from that event is the focus of this edition of Update-1, hosted by Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Ruqaiyah Najjar.

Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist, has been held in the El Paso Processing Center since December. The Club is one of nearly 20 journalism organizations asking for his release, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have denied the requests.

Mahmoud Abou Zeid was one of several journalists arrested in August, 2013 while covering anti-government demonstrations in Egypt. He remains in custody.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in custody since December 12 on accusations of breaching the government's Official Secrets Act. They had been covering the Rohingya human rights crisis in Myanmar.

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