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

National Press Club Statement On Deaths of Journalists in Afghanistan

April 30, 2018 | By John Donnelly |

Following is a statement by National Press Club President Andrea Edney on the deaths of journalists today in Afghanistan.

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National Press Club: Homeland Security wants court to ignore journalism groups, evidence in asylum case

April 12, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants the Board of Immigration Appeals to dismiss 500 pages of evidence presented by The National Press Club and 16 other professional journalism organizations in the asylum case of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, an award-winning Mexican journalist.

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National Press Club and 19 press organizations join legal effort to free award-winning journalist from detention

April 9, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club, joined by 19 professional journalism organizations, on Monday asked a federal court to order the release of award-winning journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son, Oscar, from an El Paso detention center where Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have detained them for more than four months.

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Board of Immigration Appeals accepts Press Club brief in support of Mexican journalist's asylum case

April 3, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to allow the National Press Club and 16 other professional journalism organizations to intervene on behalf of a Mexican journalist who is seeking asylum in the United States.

In a March 27 letter, the Board said it is accepting a 37-page “friend-of-the-court“ brief filed by the press groups in the asylum appeal case of Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto.

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National Press Club files friend-of-the-court brief in Mexican journalist's asylum case

March 19, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

Urging the U.S. government not to "break with this Nation's long and proud tradition of providing safe refuge to journalists, authors and commentators who criticize corrupt government officials," the National Press Club, its nonprofit Journalism Institute and 15 other professional journalism organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief March 19 before the Board of Immigration Appeals in support of Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto's asylum case.

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National Press Club award-winner Shawkan facing death sentence

March 8, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club and its non-profit Journalism Institute condemn Egypt’s effort to intimidate the press by threatening a photojournalist with death.

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Lawyers file writ of habeas corpus for National Press Club award-winner Emilio Gutierrez

March 6, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

Arguing that the U.S. government’s detention of a National Press Club award-winning journalist violates the Constitution and international law, human rights attorneys on Tuesday are filing writs of habeas corpus for Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son, Oscar.

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National Press Club and its Journalism Institute recognize Reuters journalists with press freedom award

February 27, 2018 | By Julie Schoo |

In a year when journalists have been targeted by governments and forces who see freedom of information as a threat to their power, the National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute are recognizing Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters journalists who have been on the front lines of the struggle, with its 2018 Aubuchon Press Freedom Award. The awards will be presented at the Club’s annual Fourth Estate Award gala in the fall.

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Hearing for detained Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez set for Feb. 26

February 9, 2018 | By Wire staff report |

An asylum hearing for detained Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez has been set for Feb. 26, although it could be pushed back to March.

Gutierrez and his son Oscar have been confined at an El Paso, Texas, detention facility since Dec. 7 after an attempt by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport them was halted by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals.

In December, the bureau agreed to review the case. Gutierrez's lawyer, Eduardo Beckett, is seeking an extension of the Feb. 26 hearing until the end of March because of other cases he has pending.

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Speakers protest detention of Mexican journalist on press freedom, moral, legal grounds

January 22, 2018 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Speakers at a Jan. 19 press conference sponsored by the National Press Club and its non-profit affiliate, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, protested continued detention of Mexican journalist Emilio Guttierrez by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on press freedom, moral and legal grounds.

Andrea Edney, who became Club president less than two hours before the press conference, introduced the program as her first official act and promised her commitment to the case.

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