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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 Calls on Turkish Government to Stop Persecuting Journalists

September 1, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club sharply disapproves of recent incidents of journalist harassment and repression in Turkey.

According to news reports, two British journalists for Vice News and a Turkish assistant were arrested in Diyarbakir, Turkey and charged yesterday with aiding terrorists. In a separate action earlier today, police raided 23 businesses that include TV stations and newspapers, which according to media reports was related to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on a rival.

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National Press Club outraged by jail sentences for reporters in Egypt

August 29, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club president came out strongly against an Egyptian court’s sentencing on Saturday of three Al-Jazeera English reporters.

The court sentenced Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy to three years in prison on charges that independent experts say are trumped up, including spreading "false news."

The three men were first detained in 2013. Greste was subsequently deported to Australia, while Mohammed and Fahmy were released on bail.

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National Press Club expresses outrage at slaying of journalists in Virginia

August 26, 2015

National Press Club President John Hughes issued the following statement in response to news that two TV reporters were gunned down during a live broadcast near Roanoke, Va.:

"I am horrified by the fatal shooting of reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward in Moneta, Va., as they went about their jobs serving their community today," Hughes said. "Members of the National Press Club send our thoughts and prayers to their families and colleagues. This killer, or these killers, must be brought to justice quickly."

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NPC urges Kerry to focus on press freedom in Cuba

August 13, 2015 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club on Wednesday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make press freedom and the expansion of Internet access in Cuba a priority in his department’s engagements with the Castro regime.

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National Press Club statement on reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly

August 11, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

Following is a statement by National Press Club President John Hughes on the circumstances surrounding the possible legal jeopardy for reporters Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of Huffington Post who were covering the disturbances in Ferguson, Mo., last year.

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Statement on Jason Rezaian trial by National Press Club

August 10, 2015 | By John Hughes |

Following is a statement by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club, on the conclusion of what is expected to be the fourth and final trial session for Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post.

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A push To free Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian

August 3, 2015 | By Ufuoma Otu |

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has now been held in an Iranian prison for one year, and that's the focus of this edition of Update-1, the Press Club podcast.

It was July 22 of last year when Iranian security forces swarmed Rezaian's home without warning and arrested him. Recently Ali Rezaian, Jason’s brother, and the Post's Executive Editor Marty Baron spoke at the club about the life Jason has lived since that day. Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu is the host.

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Club honors jailed journalists with Press Freedom awards

July 31, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

The top honorees at the National Press Club awards dinner on July 29 couldn’t attend the event – not due to deadlines or travel but because they are in jail.

The Club presented its John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award to two U.S. reporters – Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post and freelance reporter Austin Tice – and a foreign correspondent – Khadija Ismayilova of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – who are being detained in Iran, Syria and Azerbaijan, respectively.

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National Press Club Urges Ethiopian Government to Improve Press Freedom

July 24, 2015 | By Michelle Jamrisko |

As President Barack Obama leaves for a trip to Ethiopia and Kenya today, the National Press Club urged the Ethiopian government to immediately release jailed journalists imprisoned for their work.

While six journalists were reportedly released from jail in Ethiopia on July 9, at least 11 others remain imprisoned, according to human rights groups.

Among those still detained is Eskinder Nega, whose high-profile advocacy for press freedom has prompted charges of terrorism – an accusation frequently leveled without basis in fact by governments against their critics.

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National Press Club Comments On Death of Nineteen Year-old Cameraman in Syria

June 26, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

The following statement was issued today by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club:

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