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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

In the wake of seizure of reporters’ communications records, First Amendment expert to visit Club June 11

June 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The Justice Department has been monitoring reporters’ communications as it seeks to prosecute leaks of classified information. Journalists have cried foul, and they worry about a chilling effect on potential sources. Questions about the balance between national security and press freedom have rarely been more pressing.

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National Press Club to Host First Amendment Attorney Floyd Abrams

May 28, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

As U.S. prosecutors increasingly monitor reporters to get to the bottom of leaks, the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee will host leading First Amendment attorney and press-freedom advocate Floyd Abrams, who will discuss these issues and his new book.

Abrams, a senior partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, has been at the forefront of nearly every major press-freedom and free-speech case in the last 40 years—from the Pentagon papers in 1971 to the Citizens United case in 2010.

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NPC Welcomes Review of Leak Probes but Still Worries About Judicial Overreach

May 24, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club on Friday welcomed President Obama's directive that the Justice Department reexamine its policies for investigating leaks to the press.

But the Club's president, Angela Greiling Keane, said journalists are worried about what appears to be a pattern of judicial overreach by the Obama administration.

"We are greatly concerned that the Justice Department's actions in these cases will have a chilling effect on would-be whistleblowers," Greiling Keane said.

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Club Stands With Dozens of News Groups Protesting Associated Press Investigation

May 15, 2013 | By Jeff Plungis |

The National Press Club joined more than four dozen media organizations to call for the Justice Department to return phone records of Associated Press reporters obtained in what was described as "an overreaching dragnet for news gathering materials."

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NPC Lends its Voice to Coalition Decrying Sentencing of Ethiopian Blogger

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club joined with other human rights and journalism organizations in criticizing an Ethiopian court decision upholding an 18-year jail sentence for a blogger in that country.

The groups say the man, Eskinder Nega, has been unfairly convicted on specious terrorism charges.

The National Press Club spoke out last year about Nega’s case.

"We are deeply disappointed that Nega has been sent to prison, when his only 'offense' appears to have been writing critically about the government," said NPC President Angela Greiling Keane, a Bloomberg News reporter.

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National Press Club Announces Press Freedom Award Winners for 2013

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the National Press Club announced the winners of its 2013 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards: Zeynep Kuray, a woman reporter from Turkey, which jails more journalists than any other nation; and, in the United States, "The Whistleblower."

Each year, the NPC confers its Aubuchon award on people whose work and lives have advanced the cause of press freedom and transparency. The annual award goes to one domestic recipient and one international one.

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National Press Club marks 20th year of World Press Freedom Day, May 3

May 3, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club commemorated the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day today with a sober reminder of how unfree the press is in most of the world and a pledge to keep working to change that.

Created in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3 each year and has three goals.

The first is to evaluate the state of press freedom. The second is to defend the press from attacks on its independence. And the third is to honor those who have sacrificed, sometimes with their lives, to bring the public the news.

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Panel to explore 'The New International Media: Filling a Vacuum or Pushing Agenda?'

April 25, 2013 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club will host a panel discussion May 2 to take a close look at the growing clout of several new media organizations that are at least partly government owned.

The discussion is sponsored by the Club's Press Freedom Committee and it will occur on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, a commemoration created in 1993 by the U.N. General Assembly to take stock of press freedom and strive to ensure media independence.

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Press Club teams with National Endowment for Democracy to discuss Internet freedom

April 8, 2013 | By John Donnelly |

Regulation of the Internet is expected to be the subject of a panel discussion on April 24 at the National Press Club.

Just over a week ahead of World Press Freedom Day, the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee and the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy plan to jointly present a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion of Internet freedom.

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Press Club: Judge should drop effort to compel reporter to reveal anonymous sources

April 5, 2013 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club on April 5 respectfully urged a Colorado judge to drop his push to force a reporter to reveal her confidential sources for a story about the alleged shooter in the last July’s shooting spree in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.

Jana Winter of Fox News reported days after the deadly shooting that the defendant in the case, James Holmes, had sent his psychiatrist detailed drawings of people being killed before the shootings occurred. All information in the investigation of Holmes was under seal. Winter had cited law-enforcement officials as her source.

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