National Press Club

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 decries continued imprisonment of reporters in Myanmar

April 23, 2019 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed outrage about the Myanmar Supreme Court’s decision Monday to uphold the conviction of two Reuters reporters.

The journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, received the Club’s John Aubuchon Award for Press Freedom in 2018. They have also earned a Pulitzer Prize and UNESCO’s press freedom award, and they were recognized in Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue.

“We call on Myanmar’s president to reverse this travesty of justice,” said Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak. “These men are heroes, not criminals.”

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Freed photojournalist to offer insights on press freedom issues in Bangladesh, tonight

April 10, 2019 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque | alfaruque@gmail.com

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam will speak to the National Press Club’s Freedom of the Press Team tonight, Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m., on the state of press freedom in Bangldesh including his arrest last year for speaking to international media about public protests.

All Club members are invited to attend the free event, which will be held in the Cosgrove Lounge. Register online.

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Freed photojournalist to highlight press freedom struggles in Bangladesh, Thursday

April 8, 2019 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque | alfaruque@gmail.com

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam will speak to the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Team Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m., on the state of press freedom in Bangladesh including his arrest last year for speaking to international media about public protests.

All Club members are invited to attend the free event, which will be held in the Cosgrove Lounge. Register online.

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Journalists, political leaders agree on blueprint to rebuild public trust in institutions

April 4, 2019 | By Kathy Kiely | kathy.kiely@gmail.com

Journalists, elected officials and government communicators committed to concrete steps aimed at increasing trust and civility in public life during two days of intensive conversations at the National Press Club March 25-26..

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National Press Club welcomes release of Egyptian photojournalist

March 4, 2019 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club celebrated the release of the Club's 2016 John Aubuchon Press Freedom award winner from an Egyptian prison Monday but expressed concern about the terms of his release and the continued detention of other Egyptian reporters.

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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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