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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 criticizes Capitol Police manhandling of reporters

February 15, 2019 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

The National Press Club on Friday sharply criticized the Capitol Police for reportedly manhandling several reporters this week in the Senate basement and blocking the press from interviewing some senators during a vote.

The incident contravened the chamber’s long-standing bipartisan practice of supporting journalists’ access to lawmakers.

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National Press Club calls for charges against journalist Maria Ressa to be dropped

February 14, 2019 | By Kathy Kiely | kielyk@missouri.edu

The National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute is calling on the Philippine government to end its intimidation campaign against Maria Ressa, a journalist targeted for her investigations of official corruption in her home country.

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Last chance to register – Using Sanctions to Protect Journalists

February 5, 2019 | By Rachel Oswald | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

You can still register for today's afternoon panel on using sanctions to protect journalists.

Lawmakers, former senior State Department officials and journalists will gather at the National Press Club on Monday, Feb. 11, for a discussion about the growing use of human rights sanctions to protect journalists around the world.

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National Press Club calls for probe of murdered Ghanaian reporter

January 25, 2019 | By Miranda Spivack | mirandaspivack@yahoo.com

The National Press Club called Friday for a thorough investigation of the murder of Ghanaian investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale-Divela and urged officials in the west African nation to ensure that journalists can work safely and without the threat of violence.

Suale-Divela, who was part of an investigative reporting team that exposed corruption in African soccer, was shot to death in the evening of Jan. 16 in Accra, the capital, as he was driving home.

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National Press Club asks China’s ambassador for answers on missing photographer

December 10, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The presidents of the National Press Club and its non-profit Journalism Institute wrote China’s ambassador to the United States on Dec. 10 calling for the release from prison of a U.S.-based photojournalist who was arrested more than a month ago in China.

The letter to Ambassador Cui Tiankai requested an explanation of the Nov. 3 arrest in Xinjiang province of Lu Guang, an award-winning freelance photographer of Chinese descent who resides in New York and whose work has documented environmental and social issues in China.

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Amicus statement supporting preliminary injunction ruling in CNN v. Trump

November 16, 2018

The National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute, its nonprofit educational arm, joined with other news organizations and press freedom groups in this statement applauding today’s court ruling ordering the White House to immediately restore the press pass of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta.

The statement follows:

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Journalism Institute supports challenge to White House over revocation of Acosta credentials

November 14, 2018 | By Barbara Cochran | cochranb@missouri.edu

The National Press Club Journalism Institution and major news organizations have issued a joint statement condemning the White House for revoking CNN reporter Jim Acosta's White House credentials.

CNN sued President Trump and other White House aides on Tuesday, alleging that the White House action to bar Acosta violates the reporter's First and Fifth Amendment rights. The Justice Department responded Wednesday in a court filing that it can select which journalists are given a permanent pass to cover it.

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U.S. special presidential envoy for hostage affairs to brief on Austin Tice case, Nov. 13

November 10, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood | lunderwood@press.org

Robert O'Brien, the Trump Administration's point person for hostage affairs, will update reporters on the case of kidnapped journalist Austin Tice on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in the Murrow Room.

The Club and the Free Austin Tice Coalition, which includes The Washington Post, McClatchy, Reporters Without Borders, and Georgetown University, will announce the details of a new project, "Night Out For Austin Tice."

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National Press Club Protests White House Treatment of Reporters

November 9, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders expressed outrage Thursday at President Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on the press and the White House’s revocation of a reporter’s credentials.

Club President Andrea Edney said:

“The president’s personal attacks on reporters, especially on CNN’s Jim Acosta, during a Nov. 7 news conference were unprecedented and beneath the dignity of the office.

The president and his aides have suggested they are aggrieved only by certain segments of the media, not all of it. But the Fourth Estate stands as one. An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us.”

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National Press Club award-winning journalist to judge who denied him asylum: "I must implore you for my life"

October 23, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood | lunderwood@press.org

After eight hours of waiting outside an immigration courtroom, journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto on Monday had an opportunity to make a personal appeal to the judge who last year ordered him deported to the country where he has been threatened with death. The hearing was delayed when Gutiérrez's attorney discovered that the judge had not read or seen crucial evidence on the journalist's behalf.

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