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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

National Press Club wants justice after killing of journalist in Ukraine

July 20, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club urged Ukrainian authorities to swiftly solve Wednesday’s murder of a prominent journalist in that country.

Pavel Sheremet, 44, was killed by a car bomb in Kiev as he prepared to head to the Vesti radio station, where he was to have anchored his morning talk show, according to news accounts.

Sheremet also worked for Ukrainska Pravda, the nation’s top online news web site.

A possible motive for his killing was not immediately clear. He had irked authorities in his native Belarus and in Russia before coming to Ukraine in 2014 to work.

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National Press Club honors two photographers with Press Freedom Awards

June 27, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club is honoring two photographers, one of them American and the other Egyptian, with its annual Press Freedom Award, the Club announced Monday.

The winners of the 2016 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award are Tim Tai, a U.S. student photographer who stood up last fall to an angry crowd at the University of Missouri, and Mahmoud Abou Zeid, alias Shawkan, an Egyptian photographer who has been jailed since 2013.

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Jailing of press group's rep in Turkey alarms National Press Club

June 21, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

National Press Club leaders expressed concern Monday about the reported arrest of a press freedom group’s representative in Turkey.

Reporters Without Borders, an independent advocate for journalists worldwide, reported Monday that a Turkish court had ordered pre-trial detention for Erol Onderoglu, the group’s representative in Turkey for the last two decades, as well as two colleagues. The men have been charged with “terrorist propaganda” for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem.

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National Press Club decries death penalty for Egyptian journalists

June 20, 2016 | By Ferdous al-Faruque |

The National Press Club expressed deep concern Monday over the Egyptian government's decision to uphold death penalties for three journalists.

On June 18, a Cairo court confirmed Egypt's Grand Mufti had upheld the May 7 verdicts for the three journalists who had been accused of passing state secrets to Qatar. The reporters affected are: Ibrahim Helal, former director of news at Al Jazeera's Arabic channel; Alaa Sablan, a former Al Jazeera correspondent; and Asmaa Alkhatib, a journalist with the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rassd News Network.

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National Press Club lauds congressional action on transparency

June 14, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club president congratulated Congress Tuesday for sending the president legislation aimed at making the federal government more transparent.

The bill, which would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, is known as the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The Senate passed the bill in March and the House approved it Monday, sending it to the president's desk for him to sign into law.

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National Press Club Mourns Loss of National Public Radio Employees in Afghanistan

June 6, 2016 | By Marilyn Geewax |

In the wake of the deaths Sunday in Afghanistan of a National Public Radio photographer and his translator, the National Press Club offered condolences to NPR staffers and the families of those killed.

The photographer, David Gilkey, and his Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed on assignment in southern Afghanistan. They were traveling with an Afghan army unit when the convoy came under fire, NPR said. Their vehicle was struck by shell fire, and the two perished.

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National Press Club Decries Philippine President-Elect’s Dangerous Rhetoric

June 1, 2016 | By Miranda Spivack and John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club condemned recent statements by the president-elect of the Philippines that journalists could be targeted for assassination.

“Just because you’re a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch,” Rodrigo Duterte was reported as saying at a May 31 news conference in Davao, where he is mayor.

Duterte has advocated vigilante justice and capital punishment for certain crimes. His comments appeared to suggest that journalists who are deemed to have committed capital crimes should not be exempt from such retribution.

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National Press Club Alarmed by Growing Press Crackdown in Egypt

June 1, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club on Wednesday voiced alarm over deteriorating press freedom conditions in Egypt following this week's arrest of the head of the country's journalists' union.

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National Press Club President: What Does Donald Trump Have Against the Constitution?

May 31, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club president expressed alarm on Tuesday about Donald Trump’s dangerous attitude toward the First Amendment.

At a press conference earlier in the day, Trump had said “the press should be ashamed of themselves” for investigating his fundraising for veterans. Trump at one point called an ABC News reporter a “sleaze.” “You know my opinion of the media,” Trump said, “it’s very low.”

Two days before, Trump had told a crowd on the National Mall that reporters are “liars” and “lowlifes.”

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Press Club Welcomes Azeri Reporter’s Release From Jail

May 25, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club on Wednesday applauded the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan’s decision to order the release of award-winning journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

Ismayilova has been imprisoned for a year and a half on charges widely seen as retaliation for her investigative reporting into the finances of the country's ruling family. She is expected to be freed Wednesday.

A reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ismayilova gained domestic and international attention for her exposes on corruption tied to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev's family.

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