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

Why did Trump block all but Russian state media from Oval Office?

May 11, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club on May 11 criticized a Trump administration decision to exclude reporters from a White House meeting between the president and top Russian officials.

Dismissing a request from the White House Correspondents Association, the White House press office refused to allow reporters into the top of a May 10 meeting between the president and two top Russian officials, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The embarrassing result: News from inside the White House being made available to the world exclusively from Russian news sources.

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Press organizations pledge to strengthen journalism community in World Press Freedom Day statement

May 3, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely, NPCJI Press Freedom Fellow |

World Press Freedom Day 2017 arrives at a time when press institutions worldwide are under siege from forces that are both political and economic.

Combined, these forces threaten democratic society as we know it. The same sweeping structural economic changes that have hollowed out so many newsrooms have produced widespread political anxiety.That anxiety in turn has given rise to scapegoating and kill-the-messenger-ism.

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On World Press Freedom Day, media organizations call on U.S. government to free Mexican journalist

May 3, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely, NPCJI Press Freedom Fellow |

Our organizations -- the National Press Club Journalism Institute, Reporters without Borders, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, and the International Center for Journalists -- all working to advance press freedom in the United States and abroad, join in calling on the U.S. government to release Mexican journalist Martin Mendez from a detention facility in El Paso.

Today — World Press Freedom Day — marks the 87th day of Martin's incarceration.

This 26-year-old reporter's “crime?"

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Protecting the First Amendment: How U.S. press freedoms compare with other nations, Wednesday, May 3

April 26, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

A 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner will join reporters and editors from inside and outside the Beltway and representatives of international press freedom organizations on Wednesday, May 3, as the National Press Club and its Journalism Institute mark World Press Freedom Day.

The press freedom workshop, Protecting the First Amendment, will be held in the Club's Murrow Room, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Club members; $10 for the general public. Registration is required.

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Institute teams with Press Foundation to brain storm on defending First Amendment

April 11, 2017

The National Press Club's Journalism Institute is partnering with the National Press Foundation to host a brainstorming session for the working press on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Club's Murrow Room.

Register here to participate.


Journalists have a problem.

Journalism does not thrive in the spotlight.

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National Press Club, Journalism Institute call for release of Mexican journalist

April 11, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to release Martín Méndez Pineda, a Mexican journalist who has been imprisoned for the last two months after seeking asylum in the United States.

“The jailing of this brave reporter amounts to punishing someone for having followed all of our immigration rules,” said Club President Jeff Ballou.

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National Press Club, Journalism Institute propose Trump-Xi competition

April 6, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

As the presidents of the United States and China hold face-to-face meetings April 6 and 7, much attention is expected to be focused on points of contention between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute however are more concerned with what the two leaders have in common.

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National Press Club and NPC Journalism Institute to Egyptian President: Free Shawkan

April 3, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

As Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi ​visits the White House on Monday for a meeting with President Donald Trump, the National Press Club and its Journalism Institute call on Egypt to release the club's 2017 Press Freedom award winner, Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a photojournalist who works under the name Shawkan.

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As Turkish foreign minister visits, National Press Club and its Journalism Institute call on Turkey to free journalists

March 21, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The foreign minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, appeared Tuesday, March 21 at the National Press Club for a privately organized event. Access to his speech and subsequent press conference was controlled by the event sponsors.

The National Press Club is proud of our history providing a forum for reporters and newsmakers to meet, and pleased that foreign leaders come through our doors to answer the questions of journalists from across the globe who cover Washington. But on this occasion, we feel compelled to note a glaring irony:

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NPC protests White House blackballing of news organizations

February 24, 2017 | By John M. Donnelly |

Leaders of the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute expressed shock Friday about the White House press secretary’s decision to keep several news organizations which have written critical stories about President Trump out of one of his briefings.

The White House Correspondents Association has protested the move.

National Press Club President Jeffrey Ballou issued the following statement:

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