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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 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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National Press Club to hold moment of silence for Jamal Khashoggi Monday

October 20, 2018 | By William McCarren | wmccarren@press.org

The National Press Club will hold a moment of silence for Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi on Monday, Oct. 22, at about 1:15 p.m. Club members, staff and journalists will participate.

People should gather near the main staircase in the lobby at 1 p.m. to organize and to hear some brief remarks.

At about 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 2, Mr. Khashoggi was last seen alive walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he was killed moments later by representatives of the Saudi government.

The Club is located at 529 14th Street N.W. on the 13th floor.

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Statement from National Press Club President Andrea Edney on Saudi confirmation of Jamal Khashoggi’s death

October 19, 2018 | By Andrea Edney | president@press.org

National Press Club President Andrea Edney issued the following statement Friday after the Saudi government acknowledged that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its consulate in Turkey:

Along with journalists everywhere we mourn the death of our colleague Jamal Khashoggi.

We hope that President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will respond appropriately to the lies it is now clear they were told by Saudi leaders. We join the call for a United Nations investigation into this atrocity.

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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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