National Press Club

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

Journalists who were jailed by the feds call for federal shield law

June 5, 2015 | By Varun Saxena |

Several former journalists who went to jail to protect their sources from the U.S. government decried the lack of transparency in the Obama administration and called for a national shield law so other reporters won’t be detained in the future.

“No one should have to go through what we went through in order to get information and disseminate it to the public,” said Brian Karem, the event’s moderator. Karem went to jail four times to protect a confidential source in story about a San Antonio murder case.

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Podcast features NPC President Hughes discussing press freedom

June 3, 2015 | By Mike Hempen |

The National Press Club has taken its fight for press freedom to a new level.

In the most-recent edition of Update-1, NPC President John Hughes explains to NPC Broadcast Committee Vice Chair Adam Konowe why press freedom is under attack and why the Press Club is uniquely positioned to fight for freedom of the press.

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S.C. reporter plans to join fellow ‘jailbird’ journalists in calling for greater press freedom

June 1, 2015 | By Varun Saxena |

A South Carolina reporter who went to jail due to his reporting in one the largest corruption prosecutions in U.S. history plans to discuss the need for stronger legal protections for journalists at a National Press Club forum tonight at 6 p.m. in the Murrow Room.

Tickets are $5 for Press Club members and $10 for nonmembers and can be purchased by clicking here.

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Court reporters jailed for refusing to testify in criminal cases to speak at Club June 1

May 28, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Journalists Libby Averyt and David Kidwell both found themselves behind bars in the 1990s for refusing to testify after conducting jailhouse interviews.

On Monday, June 1, the two reporters will discuss their experiences going the distance for First Amendment rights at a Club event timed for the start of International Whistleblowers Week.

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Federal shield law most needed for local, freelance journalists, reporters to say on June 1

May 25, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas |

While a federal shield law would benefit all journalists, those with the most to gain are freelancers and reporters for smaller news organizations, according to two journalists with direct experience in the matter.

Lisa Abraham and Josh Wolf will join with nearly a dozen other journalists who have been jailed for insisting on their rights under the First Amendment at the National Press Club on June 1 to call for national shield law.

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Roxana Kopetman, who refused to testify, to join June 1 event on jailed journalists

May 21, 2015 | By Galen Tan |

In the 1980s, Roxana Kopetman spent time in jail in defense of the principle that journalists should not be compelled to testify just for being witnesses to an event, particularly when there are other bystanders.

Kopetman will be part of a panel of fellow jailbird journalists at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the Murrow Room. The two-hour landmark symposium will focus on the need for stronger legal protections for reporters.

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State Department official commends Club for freedom of the press advocacy

May 19, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki |

The State Department's assistant secretary for public affairs commended the Press Club and President John Hughes for making press freedom a major theme this year and outlined steps the State Department is taking to protect journalists in increasingly hostile environments at a meeting of American Legion Post 20 on May 18.

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TV producer who helped expand shield protections in Michigan to speak at Club

May 19, 2015 | By Sara Reardon |

In 1986, TV producer Bradley Stone spent nearly 48-hours behind bars in Detroit for flouting a subpoena to turn over tapes of interviews with gang members.

Stone, who now works at WSB-TV in Atlanta, will discuss his experience when he joins a panel of fellow "jailbird" journalists at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the Club for a landmark symposium on the need for stronger legal protections for reporters.

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National Press Club to Honor Azerbaijani Journalist

May 18, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club announced that it will honor an Azerbaijani reporter, Khadija Ismayilova, with one of its 2015 press freedom awards.

Ismayilova, who has reported for Radio Free Liberty/Radio Free Europe and other news organizations, has been jailed since December 2014 on a variety of charges that independent observers such as the Committee to Protect Journalists have called bogus. Ismayilova is well known for hard-hitting reporting, including on the financial dealings of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and alleged corruption in his government.

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U.S. journalists jailed for reporting to gather at National Press Club, 6 pm June 1

May 15, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

Most of the U.S. journalists who have been jailed defending the First Amendment will gather at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the National Press Club to support protecting whistleblowers and journalists from retribution and prosecution.

Nearly a dozen speakers at the event will be members of the media who have been fined, detained or jailed for protecting the identity of confidential sources. The session will take place in the Murrow Room, and registration is required.

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