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 urges administration to reconsider Freedom of Information Act revision

October 25, 2011 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed concern on Oct. 24 about a proposed new Freedom of Information Act rule that appears to require the government to deny the existence of certain documents even when that is not true.

Federal agencies have long been able to withhold from public disclosure under the law certain categories of information, including data that pertains to ongoing criminal investigations or that is classified.

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Obama Administration not delivering on its promise of open government, journalists say

October 4, 2011 | By John Hughes | JHughes5@bloomberg.net

President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to deliver on its promise of ``an unprecedented level of openness in government,’’ when it comes to information about science, a panel of journalists said Monday.

At a forum titled ``Access Denied: Science News and Government Transparency,’’ the journalists urged the administration to provide better access to experts, respond faster to information requests and be more transparent about the reasons for failing to answer questions.

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Press Club Urges Mexico to Bring Killers of Journalists to Justice

October 3, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club on Monday called on authorities in Mexico to vigorously prosecute the murders and disappearances of journalists there.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 30 reporters have been killed or gone missing since 2006 in a nation plagued by drug-related violence that affects all its citizens.

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Access Denied: Science news and government transparency panel, 3 p.m. Monday

September 30, 2011 | By Jeff Plungis | JPlungis@bloomberg.net

Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public?

An investigation in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) finds that despite President Obama's early promise to create an open government, the nation's science reporters feel there has been little to no progress since the Bush administration.

On Monday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., the National Press Club hosts a panel of journalists and invited administration officials to critique what journalists and the government are (or aren't) doing to change that.

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Logan, Parvaz accept John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award

August 16, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

Each year, the National Press Club confers its John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award on two people whose actions contribute to the cause of press freedom and open government. The late Aubuchon was a former Club president and an ardent advocate of press freedom.

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Club outraged at jailing of Iranian blogger and his mother

August 10, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

National Press Club President Mark Hamrick expressed outrage on Aug. 10 at reports that Kouhyar Goudarzi, an Iranian blogger, and his mother have been imprisoned in Iran.

The Club honored Goudarzi last year as the international winner of the 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award after he had been incarcerated for months for the “crime” of speaking his mind.

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CBS News' Lara Logan, Al Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz named John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winners

July 22, 2011 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club has selected CBS News correspondent Lara Logan and Al Jazeera’s Dorothy Parvaz as winners of the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award for 2011.

The Aubuchon Press Freedom Award honors people whose actions embody the struggle to advance press freedom and open government. Each year, the Club selects one domestic and one international figure to receive the award.

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Club hails release of journalist hostages

June 30, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club applauded the release of two French television journalists and an interpreter who had been kidnapped and detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan for more than 18 months.

Those kidnapped included two reporters, Herve Guesquiere and Stephane Taponier of France 3 Television, and their interpreter, Reza Din. There was no news of two assistants who accompanied them when they were taken in December 2009. Their release was confirmed Wednesday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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NPC condemns killing of Mexican journalist and his family

June 21, 2011 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club condemned the killing of Mexican journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco and his family inside their home as violence against the news media in the country has been on the rise.

Lopez Velasco, his wife, and their 21-year-old son were killed by gunfire in Veracruz, located on Mexico's southeast coast. Velasco was editorial director for the Notiver daily newspaper and wrote a column about politics and crime, according to media reports. His son was a photographer for the paper.

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National Press Club urges swift probe of Pakistani journalist’s murder

June 8, 2011 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club urged Pakistani authorities on June 6 to swiftly investigate and prosecute the murder of Syed Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani reporter who was found dead last week after having been tortured.

On Monday, the National Press Club hosted representatives of Pakistani news organizations in the United States to mourn the death of Shahzad, a correspondent for Asia Times. Speakers at the event included Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, and representatives of Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch.

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