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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


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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National Press Club, reporters’ groups decry seizure of NYT reporter’s records

June 8, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Following reports that the Justice Department seized telephone and electronic communication records of a New York Times reporter, leaders of the National Press Club and several professional journalism organizations plan to invite Attorney General Jeff Sessions to meet about the dangers such investigative techniques pose to a free press and the democracy that depends upon it.

Members of the working press are not the only Americans who should be alarmed that federal investigators gained access to years of communications between a reporter and her sources, the press groups warned Friday.

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National Press Club unveils plan for media summit after reporter roughed up at EPA meeting

May 22, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute are renewing a call for dialogue between newsmakers and the news media following another incident in which officials of President Donald Trump’s administration manhandled a reporter in a public building.

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National Press Club award-winner Emilio Gutiérrez wins new asylum hearing

May 21, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has ordered a new asylum hearing for Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, saying a judge needs to consider “additional evidence” supporting the National Press Club Freedom of the Press award winner’s case.

The BIA ruling, handed down last week, means the jailed journalist is, for the moment, safe from deportation.

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National Press Club Announces that University of Michigan Awards Journalism Fellowship to Jailed Reporter

May 4, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, a Mexican journalist whom U.S. immigration officials are attempting to deport despite death threats against him in his home country, has been awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Lynette Clemetson, executive director of the prestigious journalism program, announced the honor Thursday at the National Press Club, where she participated on a panel to mark World Press Freedom Day. Gutiérrez is a 2017 winner of the National Press Club’s John Aubuchon Press Freedom award.

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National Press Club Statement On Deaths of Journalists in Afghanistan

April 30, 2018 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Following is a statement by National Press Club President Andrea Edney on the deaths of journalists today in Afghanistan.

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National Press Club: Homeland Security wants court to ignore journalism groups, evidence in asylum case

April 12, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants the Board of Immigration Appeals to dismiss 500 pages of evidence presented by The National Press Club and 16 other professional journalism organizations in the asylum case of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, an award-winning Mexican journalist.

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National Press Club and 19 press organizations join legal effort to free award-winning journalist from detention

April 9, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The National Press Club, joined by 19 professional journalism organizations, on Monday asked a federal court to order the release of award-winning journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son, Oscar, from an El Paso detention center where Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have detained them for more than four months.

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Board of Immigration Appeals accepts Press Club brief in support of Mexican journalist's asylum case

April 3, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to allow the National Press Club and 16 other professional journalism organizations to intervene on behalf of a Mexican journalist who is seeking asylum in the United States.

In a March 27 letter, the Board said it is accepting a 37-page “friend-of-the-court“ brief filed by the press groups in the asylum appeal case of Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto.

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National Press Club files friend-of-the-court brief in Mexican journalist's asylum case

March 19, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Urging the U.S. government not to "break with this Nation's long and proud tradition of providing safe refuge to journalists, authors and commentators who criticize corrupt government officials," the National Press Club, its nonprofit Journalism Institute and 15 other professional journalism organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief March 19 before the Board of Immigration Appeals in support of Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto's asylum case.

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