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

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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National Press Club calls on Turkey to allow NYT reporter in country

January 18, 2017

The National Press Club released the following statement from President Jeff Ballou regarding the case of Rod Nordland, a correspondent for the New York Times, who was detained and expelled from Turkey on Tuesday while attempting to enter the country on a reporting trip.

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National Press Club raises concerns about Trump's use of 'fake news'

January 11, 2017 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club raised concerns Wednesday about President-elect Donald Trump's continual use of the phrase “fake news” to criticize news stories that he disagrees with or that displease him. In his Jan. 11 press conference, Trump refused to field questions from certain reporters, accusing one journalist of working for a "terrible" organization and referring to an outlet represented by reporters at the event as "fake news."

National Press Club President Thomas Burr issued the following statement:

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National Press Club Alarmed at Judge's Unconstitutional "Prior Restraint"

December 14, 2016 | By Jerry Zremski |

The National Press Club on Wednesday expressed dismay over a New Jersey judge’s unconstitutional decision to block a newspaper from publishing information it lawfully obtained regarding a child custody case.

Mercer County Judge Craig Corson recently issued a temporary injunction preventing The Trentonian from publishing the information, which pertains to a custody case involving a five-year-old.

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