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 to Congress: Don't let drone regulations interfere with media coverage

September 26, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club on Wednesday is warning that new counter-drone authorities Congress is set to enact in the FAA re-authorization could interfere with media coverage and public access to important information.

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National Press Club condemns convictions of Reuters reporters in Myanmar

September 3, 2018 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club on Monday condemned the jail terms handed down to two journalists who exposed a genocide in Myanmar and committed to work to free them. The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters news service, are this year’s winners of the Club’s international John Aubuchon Press Freedom award.

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National Press Club honors former Denver Post editor with Press Freedom Award

August 23, 2018 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club Board of Governors announced Aug. 23 that Chuck Plunkett, a former editor at the Denver Post, will receive a 2018 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

In April of this year, Plunkett was responsible for producing a special six-page editorial section of the Denver Post that took the extraordinary step of criticizing the paper’s owners, a private equity company called Alden Global Capital.

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National Press Club urges freedom for Shawkan in open letter to Egyptian ambassador

July 27, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

On the eve of a scheduled verdict in the long-pending case of the photojournalist Shawkan, the National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute sent an open letter to Egypt’s top diplomat in the United States about the Club’s 2016 Press Freedom award winner:


Ambassador Yasser Reda
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008


July 27, 2018

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

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National Press Club announces Emilio Gutiérrez's release in victory for press freedom

July 26, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 26 agreed to free journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, ending a nearly eight-month ordeal for the National Press Club Press Freedom award winner.

Gutiérrez's release from a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, will allow him to embark on a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan as he continues to press his case for asylum in the United States.

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Groundbreaking decision for asylum-seekers gives National Press Club award winner his day in court

July 11, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

A federal judge is challenging the government’s detention of a National Press Club award-winner, saying there is “enough evidence” to suggest that immigration officials violated the First Amendment rights of Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son, Oscar.

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National Press Club calls for release of award-winning Egyptian journalist

June 26, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

Contact: Kathy Kiely, National Press Club Journalism Institute Press Freedom Fellow,

UPDATE 6/27: The National Press Foundation has signed onto this letter.

WASHINGTON, June 26 —The National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute, along with the Committee to Protect Journalists and more than 20 professional journalism and human rights organizations, on Tuesday urged U.S. officials to help secure the immediate and unconditional release of Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist who works under the name Shawkan.

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Press and free speech groups question raid on reporter's records

June 15, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

Following the Justice Department’s seizure of a reporter’s phone and email communications without prior notice, The National Press Club, PEN America and more than a dozen other leading organizations representing professional journalists and free speech advocates are demanding an explanation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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National Press Club, reporters’ groups decry seizure of NYT reporter’s records

June 8, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

Following reports that the Justice Department seized telephone and electronic communication records of a New York Times reporter, leaders of the National Press Club and several professional journalism organizations plan to invite Attorney General Jeff Sessions to meet about the dangers such investigative techniques pose to a free press and the democracy that depends upon it.

Members of the working press are not the only Americans who should be alarmed that federal investigators gained access to years of communications between a reporter and her sources, the press groups warned Friday.

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National Press Club unveils plan for media summit after reporter roughed up at EPA meeting

May 22, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute are renewing a call for dialogue between newsmakers and the news media following another incident in which officials of President Donald Trump’s administration manhandled a reporter in a public building.

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