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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

Club Institute and media lawyers launch tracker for denials of media access to governments

August 11, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Media Law Resource Center have launched an effort to monitor day-to-day impediments facing journalists covering federal, state and local government.

The Institute has created a simple online form that anyone can fill out any time a public official is muzzled, government data is denied or other types of information that belong to the public are kept from the public. Worried about leaving digital fingerprints? Mail us:

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National Press Club, Journalism Institute deplore Saudi attempts to muzzle free press

June 23, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Saudi Arabia is making the shutdown of the global news service al Jazeera a condition for lifting a trade and economic embargo that the Saudis and their allies have imposed on Qatar. Al Jazeera is headquartered in Qatar.

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National Press Club, Journalism Institute say 'No' to Senate press gatekeeper

June 13, 2017

The following statement was released yesterday by the National Press Club and its Journalism Institute:

Of all the assaults on press freedom we have experienced this year one of the most disheartening is the one that happened today in the place we least expected it.

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An open letter to FCC Chair Ajit Pai

June 7, 2017

The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute today sent the following letter to Federal Communication Commission Chair Ajit V. Pai as an invitation — and a response to the letter he has sent members of the U.S. Senate regarding the May 18th incident at the FCC:

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National Press Club calls for summit in wake of assault on reporter

May 25, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The legal system has taken the appropriate action in the latest assault on a reporter, charging candidate Greg Gianforte with assault for the congressional candidate’s extraordinary attack that landed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in the hospital (ironically, for asking a question about health

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US Government Browbeats Endangered Mexican Journalist Into Returning Home

May 25, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

In an unfortunate setback for press freedom that seems all too typical of the times, U.S. government foot-dragging in the case of Mexican journalist Martin Mendez Pineda has put him in grave danger.

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Press freedom advocates decry latest restraint on journalism

May 19, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

Our organizations, all of which advocate for journalists in the U.S. and across the globe, believe we must sound the alarm about what happened this week to veteran Washington reporter John M. Donnelly.

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Is there a Cold War on press freedom?

May 19, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

A little more than two weeks ago, the National Press Club, at it often does, hosted a group of foreign journalists. Around the table in the Sarah McClendon room sat this year’s class of Vaclav Havel fellows, young journalists from countries that once belonged to the Soviet Union. Their fellowship is cosponsored by the Czech and U.S. governments, in an effort to encourage democracy by bolstering free speech.

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Reporter manhandled by FCC guards because he asked question

May 18, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

Security guards at the Federal Communications Commission headquarters here manhandled a well-regarded reporter at a public hearing today and forced him to leave the premises after he had tried to politely ask questions of FCC commissioners.

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As Trump greets Erdogan, National Press Club and its Journalism Institute call on Turkey to free the press

May 16, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

As President Donald Trump welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House Tuesday, we at the National Press Club are recalling another distinguished Turkish guest whom we hosted three weeks ago.

Our luncheon guest was Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkish representative of the international organization, Reporters Without Borders.

Those of us who were fortunate enough to spend an hour with him didn’t want to see him go, not only because Önderoğlu was urbane, passionate tough and witty -- a real reporter’s reporter - but because we fear for his safety.

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