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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


Freedom of the Press panel explores 'Arab Spring' aftermath

February 15, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa have brought the promise of more open and accountable governments and societies but that outlook has dimmed, as autocratic regimes in the region have responded to the so-called “Arab Spring” by clamping down hard on reporters and citizens communicating on the web, a panel of experts said a National Press Club Freedom of the Press event Feb. 14.

“Wait a few more years before you call it ‘spring,’” said a skeptical Abderrahim Foukara, Washington bureau chief of Al Jazeera Arabic, one of the panelists.

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NPC plans event on repression of expression in Mideast, Tues. Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m.

February 13, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee plans to host a panel to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the NPC's First Amendment room.

With a violent crackdown raging in Syria and the future of countries from Libya to Egypt still uncertain, the Mideast remains a top focus of world news. But more than a year after the start of the Arab Spring, reporters and citizens trying to document these events remain under siege.

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Panel to report on freedom of expression under siege in Mideast Feb. 14

February 8, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The NPC's Press Freedom Committee hosts a panel to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Press Club’s First Amendment room.

With a violent crackdown raging in Syria and the future of countries from Libya to Egypt still uncertain, the Mideast remains a top focus of world news. But more than a year after the start of the Arab Spring, reporters and citizens trying to document these events remain under siege.

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National Press Club hosts Feb. 14 panel to assess repression of expression in Mideast

February 2, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The NPC's Press Freedom Committee hosts a panel to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9:30am in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant.

More than a year ago, uprisings in several Mideast countries triggered what has come to be called the Arab Spring. But when it comes to freedom of the press and the Internet, it has been a chilling period in many parts of the region. Reporters and citizens have been spied on, beaten, imprisoned and even killed merely for telling the truth about what is happening in their countries.

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Attorney details backlash against photojournalists

January 26, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

A “perfect storm” of repression has raged against photojournalists in the United States in recent years, according to an accomplished news photographer who has become an attorney representing his former colleagues.

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National Press Club condemns assault on press in Ecuador

January 13, 2012 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick expressed outrage Friday about the president of Ecuador’s systematic and relentless attacks on the press.

Angry over a piece that was critical of him, the Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa has won court rulings-- under questionable circumstances-- that could result in the shuttering of one of Latin America’s most esteemed newspapers and the imprisonment of its journalists.

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Club plea for imprisoned Ethiopian journalist published in New York Review of Books

January 4, 2012 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick joined with other journalism leaders to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action against Ethiopia for imprisoning a journalist.

Hamrick is one of five people who signed a letter published in the current issue of The New York Review of Books on behalf of Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega.

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National Press Club calls on India to investigate attacks on reporters

November 28, 2011 | By John Donnelly | Jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club called on Nov. 28 for the Indian government to investigate charges that reporters were beaten in Indian-controlled Kashmir and to prevent such attacks from happening again.

The Associated Press reported that four journalists were beaten while covering a protest in that region on Nov. 25. One of them, Umar Meraj, an AP cameraman, said he was attacked with rifle butts, batons, fists and kicks. The AP said local journalists and non-governmental organizations have repeatedly reported harassment and assaults by police in the territory.

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Club event spotlights dangerous assignments

November 17, 2011 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

Among the many perilous countries where journalists work, Mexico and Pakistan stand out as particularly daunting, a panel of experts said Thursday at the National Press Club.

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Reporting from journalism danger zones Mexico, Pakistan, panel Nov. 17

November 13, 2011 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Two of the most dangerous countries in the world for working journalists, Mexico and Pakistan, will be scrutinized in a panel discussion at the National Press Club at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the First Amendment Lounge.
"The Danger of Knowing" panel, co-sponsored by NPC, Reporters Without Borders and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, will explore how Mexico and Pakistan,though different in location and circumstances, share the dubious distinction of being harrowing places for journalists to work, while events in both places demand coverage more than in most nations.

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