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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 expresses concern over reported detention of journalists in Iran

July 24, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club expressed concern Thursday over reports that a Washington Post reporter, his wife and two photojournalists have been detained in Iran.

"If these reports are accurate, we urge the Iranian authorities to promptly explain this action and to release these journalists, who are merely covering news in Iran," said NPC President Myron Belkind.

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National Press Club backs Senate bill to expand FOIA

June 27, 2014 | By Jeff Plungis |

The National Press Club is joining other media groups in endorsing legislation that would strengthen the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, which journalists and the general public use to compel the release of otherwise hidden government documents.

Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, and Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, introduced the FOIA Improvement Act on June 24. The legislation would clarify that the government's FOIA ombudsman, formally known as the Office of Government Information Services, may issue advisory opinions that don't have to adhere to administration policy.

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Press Club criticizes harsh sentences of Al Jazeera English journalists

June 24, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club on Tuesday strongly protested the sentencing of three Al Jazeera reporters by an Egyptian court and renewed its urging for their prompt release.

"The judicial treatment that these three journalists have received is horrendous and their sentencing is completely draconian and not at all in line with what one should expect of the commitment to press freedom by a U.S. ally," said Myron Belkind, president of the National Press Club.

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Press Club lauds release of jailed journalist in Egypt, urges court to free others

June 17, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club expressed relief that an al Jazeera reporter has been released from jail in Egypt, but the Club called on authorities there also to release other journalists held prisoner for doing their jobs.

Abdullah Elshamy, an Al-Jazeera correspondent, had been held without formal charge since August 2013 and was freed on June 16 on medical grounds. He had been on hunger strike for the past 140 days and reportedly had lost considerable weight.

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National Press Club Announces Winners of Annual Press Freedom Award

June 12, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

An Illinois reporter fighting prosecutorial pressure to disclose the identity of a confidential source and a Bahraini photographer sentenced to a decade in jail effectively because he did his job--these are the winners of the National Press Club's 2014 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

Each year, the club honors two recipients of the award, one foreign and one domestic, who have demonstrated through their work the principles of press freedom and open government. The award is named after the late John Aubuchon, a former NPC president who championed press freedom.

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National Press Club to Russian Authorities: Find Those Who Ordered Journalist's Murder

June 11, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald |

Following the sentencing this week of five men convicted of murdering a Russian investigative reporter in 2006, the National Press Club urged authorities in Russia to go further and uncover the individuals who ordered the contract killing.

Anna Politkovskaya, known for her hard-hitting reporting that revealed Kremlin corruption and human rights abuses, was found shot to death in her apartment elevator in October 2006. In the ensuing years, the Russian government has been criticized by press freedom groups for moving too slowly in its investigation into her assassination.

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National Press Club: Pressure on reporter shows need for shield law

June 4, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

In the wake of a court decision that could spell trouble for a New York Times reporter who is trying to protect the identity of a confidential source, the National Press Club urged Congress to quickly pass legislation that would enable journalists to protect their sources.

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would not take up James Risen's appeal of a United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling that he must divulge the identity of a source for a chapter of his 2006 book, "State of War."

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Afghan radio broadcaster undercuts Pentagon account of U.S. military assault on his station

May 15, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

An Afghan journalist who says he was detained and beaten by U.S. military personnel one night last February cast doubt this week on a senior U.S. military official's written defense of the actions of American commandos during the incident.

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More questions raised about U.S. commandos' alleged beating of Afghan journalist

May 14, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly |

The Pentagon and a New York Times reporter gave conflicting accounts this week of whether U.S. special forces beat and threatened to kill an Afghan journalist in late February.

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National Press Club urges all sides in Ukraine to respect press freedom

May 5, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club voiced strong concern May 5 over a spate of recent physical attacks and kidnappings affecting journalists covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The rash of recent kidnappings includes the brief detainment and interrogation on May 2 of BuzzFeed correspondent Mike Giglio, his translator Olena Glazunova, and a CBS News team. The kidnappers reportedly were pro-Russian militants.

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