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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


National Press Club calls for halt to abuses of reporters

April 27, 2011 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

As World Press Freedom Day approaches next week, the National Press Club is drawing attention to the unacceptable frequency with which journalists in dozens of nations are imprisoned, abused, beaten or killed.

"The National Press Club deplores in the strongest possible terms the mistreatment of reporters wherever it may occur and calls for the release of every journalist who has been detained for the 'crime' of doing his or her job," said National Press Club President Mark Hamrick.

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National Press Club Urges Egypt to Bring Abusers of Journalists to Justice

February 23, 2011

The National Press Club urged Egypt to bring to justice those responsible for abusing reporters in that country and to enshrine press freedom in its new constitution and other laws.

In a letter Tuesday to Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States, NPC President Mark Hamrick said the case of CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was one of dozens of brutal attacks in Egypt since last month.

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National Press Club Statement on CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan

February 16, 2011

The following statement was issued today by National Press Club President Mark Hamrick.

The National Press Club is urging authorities in Egypt to aggressively investigate and bring to justice the individuals responsible for the brutal attack on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan. The NPC also notes with extreme dismay reports that dozens of other journalists have been injured or killed since the unrest began last month.

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National Press Club Condemns Egyptian Crackdown on Information

February 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 -- The National Press Club condemns the Egyptian government for cracking down on the rights of reporters and Egyptian citizens to freely share information about events in their country.

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National Press Club Cheers Reports That Imprisoned Iranian Blogger Was Freed

December 14, 2010

The National Press Club today is cheering reports that Kouhyar Goudarzi, an Iranian blogger imprisoned for the last year in Teheran's notorious Evin Prison, has been released.

Goudarzi was the international winner of the Club's 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

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National Press Club Demands Iran Release Jailed Journalists

November 16, 2010

The National Press Club president on Monday evening called upon Iran to free journalists and other political prisoners whom it has incarcerated.

Alan Bjerga made his statement as the Club honored in absentia Kouhyar Gourdarzi--an Iranian blogger in prison since December 2009--as the international winner of the 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards. The Club also honored Charles N. Davis--a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a storied advocate of open government--as the domestic winner of this year’s Aubuchon award

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Reception for Press Freedom Honorees, 6:30 pm Nov. 15

November 12, 2010

The Club will honor the recipients of its 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award -- a University of Missouri journalism professor and an Iranian blogger -- at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The event is open to members and the public.

The award, given each year to one domestic and one international recipient, honors people who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government.

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Club Voices Outrage Over Beating of Russian Journalists

November 10, 2010

The National Press Club called on President Dmitry Medvedev and other Russian authorities in the country to track down and prosecute the perpetrators who severely beat journalist Oleg Kashin.

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Club Wants Answers On Detained Cameramen

September 22, 2010

The National Press Club called on the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to clearly explain the detention the week of Sept. 20 of two Afghan cameramen covering events in that country for global news organizations.

The two detainees, Mohamed Nader and Rahmatullah Nekzad, took photos and videos on a freelance basis for Al Jazeera. Nekzad also has worked for the Associated Press.

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National Press Club Backs Supreme Court Brief Seeking Broader FOIA Disclosure

September 15, 2010

The National Press Club has joined an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to encourage broad government disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

The brief was filed Sept. 7 by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and media organizations in support of the release of U.S. Navy records about weapons being stored on an island in the Puget Sound.

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