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 Joins Letter to FCC After Trump Threats

October 16, 2017 | By John M. Donnelly |

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 |

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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National Press Club, NPC Journalism Institute stand with Mexico’s journalists

August 25, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute join our colleagues around the globe in mourning the death of Candido Rios Vazquez, a Mexican journalist who reported extensively on corruption in his country.

The 57-year-old, who was in a government program to protect journalists because of threats on his life, was gunned down Aug. 22.

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Press Freedom Award honors White House and Mexican reporters

August 16, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

The White House Correspondents’ Association and the press corps of Mexico are the winners of the National Press Club's 2017 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award. Each year, the Club honors two recipients of the award, one domestic and one foreign, for demonstrating through their work the principles of press freedom and open government.

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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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