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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

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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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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