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 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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National Press Club award-winner Emilio Gutiérrez wins new asylum hearing

May 21, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has ordered a new asylum hearing for Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, saying a judge needs to consider “additional evidence” supporting the National Press Club Freedom of the Press award winner’s case.

The BIA ruling, handed down last week, means the jailed journalist is, for the moment, safe from deportation.

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National Press Club Announces that University of Michigan Awards Journalism Fellowship to Jailed Reporter

May 4, 2018 | By Kathy Kiely |

Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, a Mexican journalist whom U.S. immigration officials are attempting to deport despite death threats against him in his home country, has been awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Lynette Clemetson, executive director of the prestigious journalism program, announced the honor Thursday at the National Press Club, where she participated on a panel to mark World Press Freedom Day. Gutiérrez is a 2017 winner of the National Press Club’s John Aubuchon Press Freedom award.

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National Press Club Statement On Deaths of Journalists in Afghanistan

April 30, 2018 | By John Donnelly |

Following is a statement by National Press Club President Andrea Edney on the deaths of journalists today in Afghanistan.

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