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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 decries embedding censorship

October 16, 2009

The U.S. military’s decision to bar embedded reporters in Afghanistan from publishing photographs of U.S. military personnel injured or killed in action hampers journalists' ability to independently report the war and the public's right to know.

"The U.S. military should not determine what is and is not news," National Press Club President Donna Leinwand said. "Censoring journalists who cover war and permitting only government-approved news and photographs undermines our country's fundamental commitment to a free and independent press."

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NPC Urges Venezuela to End Restrictions on Free Press

August 6, 2009

The National Press Club is distressed by the Venezuelan government's recent actions to intimidate and bully the country's media.

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NPC Statement on the Return of American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

August 5, 2009

The National Press Club applauds the release and pardon of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who arrived in California on Wednesday. The journalists had been held by North Korea since March 17 for allegedly perpetrating "hostile acts" for entering the country while reporting on North Korean refugees living in China.

The journalists, of San Francisco-based Current TV, had been sentenced to 12 years working in North Korean labor camps but were pardoned by North Korean president Kim Jong Il during negotiations with former President Bill Clinton Tuesday.

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National Press Club Celebrates Dismissal of Charges Against AP Photographer

April 9, 2008

The National Press Club joined other journalism organizations Wednesday in celebrating the dismissal of terrorism-related allegations against an Associated Press photographer.

A judicial committee in Baghdad ordered the release of Bilal Hussein nearly two years after he was detained by the U.S. military.

"This is a long-overdue decision," said Sylvia Smith, president of the National Press Club. "The next step is to free him."

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NPC Lauds Passage of OPEN Government Act

December 19, 2007

National President Press Club President Jerry Zremski today joined leaders of other journalistic organizations in lauding congressional approval of bipartisan reform of the Freedom of Information Act.

"We are pleased to join our colleagues in other news outlets and organizations in expressing our happiness over passage of the OPEN Government Act by the Senate and House," Zremski said. "We hope that the legislation quickly becomes the law of the land."

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NPC Hails House Approval of Shield Bill

October 16, 2007

National Press Club President Jerry Zremski today lauded the House passage of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 (H.R. 2102).

The measure, which passed on a 398 to 21 vote, was backed by more than 50 media companies and organizations, including the National Press Club.

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NPC fights for open court records

August 2, 2007

The National Press Club has signed onto a letter in which journalism groups protest the American Bar Association's proposed recommendations for limiting public access to court records.

"The ABA's Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions is essentially suggesting shutting off access to court records when there is no conviction in a criminal case, and that would be an outrageous limit on press freedom," said Jerry Zremski, the NPC's president. "I'm proud to join this effort to try to stop the ABA's House of Delegates from recommending these measures."

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NPC praises reporter protection law

August 1, 2007

National Press Club President Jerry Zremski today lauded the House Judiciary Committee's passage of the Free Flow of Information Act, the so-called "shield law" aimed at protecting journalists and their confidential sources.

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NPC calls attention to shield law hearing

June 12, 2007

n Thursday, June 14, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the federal reporter-source shield law (H.R. 2102, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007) sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.). Scheduled to testify are New York Times columnist William Safire, media attorney Lee Levine of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eliason, now with the George Washington School of Law, and a representative from the Justice Department.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington.

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Members urged to support BBC journalist Alan Johnston

June 6, 2007

National Press Club President Jerry Zremski today urged Club members to sign an online petition calling for the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who was seized on the Gaza Strip on March 12 and has not been seen since.

The online petition can be found here.

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