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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 outraged by reports on missing Saudi journalist

October 6, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders expressed profound concern Saturday about the continued disappearance of a Saudi journalist and especially about reports he may have been killed by Saudi government personnel.

Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a former editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 3 and never emerged.

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National Press Club wants answers on missing Saudi journalist

October 5, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club leaders called on Saudi Arabian authorities to explain the whereabouts of a Saudi journalist who visited that country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 3 and never emerged.

Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a former editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, has been in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017. He has been outspoken in his criticism of the Saudi government.

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National Press Club to Congress: Don't let drone regulations interfere with media coverage

September 26, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The National Press Club on Wednesday is warning that new counter-drone authorities Congress is set to enact in the FAA re-authorization could interfere with media coverage and public access to important information.

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National Press Club condemns convictions of Reuters reporters in Myanmar

September 3, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club on Monday condemned the jail terms handed down to two journalists who exposed a genocide in Myanmar and committed to work to free them. The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters news service, are this year’s winners of the Club’s international John Aubuchon Press Freedom award.

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National Press Club honors former Denver Post editor with Press Freedom Award

August 23, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club Board of Governors announced Aug. 23 that Chuck Plunkett, a former editor at the Denver Post, will receive a 2018 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

In April of this year, Plunkett was responsible for producing a special six-page editorial section of the Denver Post that took the extraordinary step of criticizing the paper’s owners, a private equity company called Alden Global Capital.

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National Press Club urges freedom for Shawkan in open letter to Egyptian ambassador

July 27, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

On the eve of a scheduled verdict in the long-pending case of the photojournalist Shawkan, the National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute sent an open letter to Egypt’s top diplomat in the United States about the Club’s 2016 Press Freedom award winner:

 

Ambassador Yasser Reda
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008

 

July 27, 2018

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

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National Press Club announces Emilio Gutiérrez's release in victory for press freedom

July 26, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 26 agreed to free journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, ending a nearly eight-month ordeal for the National Press Club Press Freedom award winner.

Gutiérrez's release from a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, will allow him to embark on a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan as he continues to press his case for asylum in the United States.

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Groundbreaking decision for asylum-seekers gives National Press Club award winner his day in court

July 11, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

A federal judge is challenging the government’s detention of a National Press Club award-winner, saying there is “enough evidence” to suggest that immigration officials violated the First Amendment rights of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son, Oscar.

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National Press Club calls for release of award-winning Egyptian journalist

June 26, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Contact: Kathy Kiely, National Press Club Journalism Institute Press Freedom Fellow, kkiely@press.org

UPDATE 6/27: The National Press Foundation has signed onto this letter.

WASHINGTON, June 26 —The National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute, along with the Committee to Protect Journalists and more than 20 professional journalism and human rights organizations, on Tuesday urged U.S. officials to help secure the immediate and unconditional release of Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist who works under the name Shawkan.

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Press and free speech groups question raid on reporter's records

June 15, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Following the Justice Department’s seizure of a reporter’s phone and email communications without prior notice, The National Press Club, PEN America and more than a dozen other leading organizations representing professional journalists and free speech advocates are demanding an explanation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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