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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 condemns continued detention of reporters in Myanmar

December 29, 2017 | By Rachel Oswald | racheloswald@cqrollcall.com

The National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute condemned today the continued detention of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar and urged the government there to promptly release them.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in custody since December 12th on accusations of breaching the government's Official Secrets Act. The two journalists had been covering the Rohinga human rights crisis in Rakhine state.

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Bureau of Immigration Appeals agrees to reconsider asylum request of jailed Mexican journalist

December 28, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to reconsider National Press Club Press Freedom award-winner Emilio Gutierrez’s asylum petition following a campaign by Club members and allied professional journalism organizations to prevent the Mexican reporter from being deported to his home country, where he is under a death threat.

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National Press Club renews its call: #FreeEmilio; petition garners 21,000 signatures

December 26, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

Following the brutal Dec. 19 assassination of another Mexican reporter, Gumaro Pérez Aguilando, the National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute are renewing their call for U.S. authorities to grant asylum and freedom to this year's NPC Press Freedom award-winner, Emilio Gutierrez Soto.

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National Press Club, Journalism Institute to Board of Immigration Appeals: Free Emilio

December 15, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute are asking the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to grant asylum to NPC Press Freedom award-winner Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist now imprisoned in El Paso.

“We are stepping out of our normal role as observers to advocate in this case because we believe the precedent that could be set is so ominous, not only for the safety of our colleagues but for the future of free speech,” wrote NPC President Jeff Ballou and Journalism Institute president Barbara Cochran in a letter to the Board of Appeals.

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Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez speaks to Club from detention center

December 12, 2017 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

Speaking by phone from a detention center in Texas, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, who won the National Press Club’s International Press Freedom award in October, told a Club press conference Monday he would be killed if he is deported to Mexico.

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National Press Club Press Freedom Award Winner Narrowly Avoids Deportation; Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez now in detention in El Paso

December 7, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

UPDATE: After an order from the Board of Immigration Appeals preempted ICE's attempt to deport Gutierrez, his lawyer was not permitted to see him. Attorney Eduardo Beckett says ICE officials informed him late Thursday that Gutierrez was being transferred to a facility in Sierra Blanca, Texas. This is 90 miles away from his lawyer's El Paso office. "I believe it's retaliation," Beckett told the National Press Club. "I believe they are trying to break him."

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Press Freedom Advocates Seek Asylum for Mexican Journalist

December 5, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

For the second time this year, U.S. immigration policy is putting a Mexican journalist’s life at risk.

Unless the Board of Immigration Appeals overturns a July 19 decision by El Paso Immigration Judge Robert Hough, Emilio Gutierrez Soto will be deported to Mexico, a country he fled nearly a decade ago after his reporting on corruption in the military made him a target.

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Journalism advocates deplore attempt to deport Press Freedom Award winner

November 18, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The National Press Club, its Journalism Institute and other advocates for press freedom and immigration justice urge U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to suspend efforts to deport Emilio Gutierrez, a winner of the Club’s Press Freedom Award.

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National Press Club Joins Letter to FCC After Trump Threats

October 16, 2017 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club and the NPC Journalism Institute have joined with other news groups in urging the Federal Communications Commission to defend the First Amendment against presidential pressure.

President Donald Trump last week suggested that the broadcast licenses of news organizations should be “challenged and, if appropriate, revoked” if they disseminate what he calls “fake news.” His comment came in the wake of a report by NBC News that he did not like.

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Who are the enemies of the press? Netflix documentary explores threats to press freedom from billionaires, Oct. 19

October 15, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely | kkiely@press.org

The First Amendment protects the press against government censorship, but could the biggest threat to press freedom come from private, monied interests?

That's the question posed by "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press," a provocative documentary by director Brian Knappenberger that Netflix is bringing to the National Press Club at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

The screening will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with some of the principals sponsored by the NPC Journalism Institute.

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