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The National Press Club supports press freedom and government transparency around the world. Check out these websites for more information on this important subject.

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

December 10, 2018 | By John Donnelly |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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