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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

Club to read Rezaian articles for 24 hours to mark 500 days of detention in Iran

December 1, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club will draw attention to Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's 500 days of wrongful detention in Iran by publicly reading his stories for a 24-hour period beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

The reading, which will occur in the Club's Bloomberg Room, will be open to the public and webcast on the Club's home page, During the 24-hour period the Club will also raise awareness of some of the other journalists being wrongly held, including Khadija Ismayilova and Austin Tice.

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National Press Club condemns apparent mistreatment of reporter in Missouri

November 11, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed concern Nov. 10 about a YouTube video and news reports that appear to document bullying of a student reporter by a crowd of activists on the University of Missouri campus.

The video showed a crowd of protesters trying to intimidate Tim Tai, a student photographer who was reportedly on assignment for ESPN, in an effort to keep him away from an enclave of protesters. The video showed at least two people who were said to be university staff members involved in mistreating Tai by pushing him or threatening to keep him away from the protest area.

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National Press Club calls on Turkish government to protect press freedom

November 2, 2015

The National Press Club is deeply concerned the Oct. 28 raid on the Koza-Ipek media group in Ankara is politically motivated and is another sign of the deteriorating press freedom in Turkey.

An Ankara court recently ordered the seizure of the company's assets as part of an ongoing investigation that accuses it of financing terrorism and promoting terrorism propaganda.

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An Open Letter to Jeff Larson, CEO, 2016 Republican National Convention

October 26, 2015 | By John Hughes |

Mr. Jeff Larson
Chief Executive Officer
2016 Republican National Convention
1228 Euclid Ave., 4th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

October 26, 2015

Dear Mr. Larson,

The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. We fight for a free press worldwide. We strongly believe reporters should have access to public figures and public information so they can do their jobs, which are essential in a democracy.

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National Press Club Statement On Jason Rezaian Trial

October 12, 2015

Following is a statement by John Hughes, president of the National Press Club, on the announced conviction by an Iranian court of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian:

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National Press Club Statement on Jason Rezaian Being Held 444 Days By Iran

October 9, 2015

The following statement was issued by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club, on the 444th day Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian has been held in an Iranian prison:

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National Press Club Calls on Azerbaijan to Free Jailed Journalists

September 2, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club called on Azerbaijan to free journalists jailed in that country on spurious charges.

On Sept. 1, an Azeri court sentenced Khadija Ismayilova, a reporter who has written for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and other news organizations, to seven and a half years in jail, ostensibly for illegal business activity, tax evasion, embezzlement and abuse of power. She has been imprisoned since December 2014.

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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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