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

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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National Press Club Marks World Press Freedom Day 2016

May 3, 2016 | By Thomas Burr |

National Press Club President Thomas Burr issued the following statement on World Press Freedom Day 2016:

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After murders in Bangladesh, National Press Club urges justice

April 26, 2016 | By John Donnelly |

National Press Club leaders expressed outrage Tuesday about the murder of two people, including a journalist, in Bangladesh.

Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Roopbaan, an LGBT magazine, and Tanay Mojumdar, a friend of Mannan’s, were hacked to death in Mannan's apartment in the capital, Dhaka, on April 25, according to news reports. Ansar al-Islam, an Al Queda affiliated Islamist organization has taken responsibility for the attack, according to CNN.

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National Press Club Condemns Murder of Syrian Journalist

April 15, 2016 | By Sean Lyngaas |

The National Press Club condemned the murder this week of Syrian journalist Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

This is reportedly the fourth murder of a Syrian journalist in Turkey that has been claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIL. Al-Sherqat, who reported for Halab Today TV, is survived by his wife and young son, according to the State Department.

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National Press Club expresses concern of deteriorating press freedoms in Maldives

April 12, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club expressed concern April 12 about reports of the rough treatment of a group of journalists gathered to protest worsening press freedoms in the Maldives.

"We are deeply troubled by reports of tear-gassing and manhandling of journalists who were understandably frustrated by a series of moves by the Maldives government that would likely make independent, critical reporting in the country more difficult," said NPC President Thomas Burr. "We will continue to closely monitor events in the Maldives and urge authorities to be protectors, not opponents, of press freedom."

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National Press Club urges release of captive U.S. journalist

April 11, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

National Press Club leaders lauded Syria’s release April 8 of Kevin Patrick Dawes, an American citizen who had been detained since October 2012, and they expressed the hope that Austin Tice, a U.S. journalist who has been missing in Syria for even longer, will soon be set free.

Tice, a freelance reporter, was working in Syria for the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers, among others, when he disappeared more than three and a half years ago. He is believed to be alive and in detention, but his captors are unknown.

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National Press Club alarmed about reported abuses in DC by Turkish security

March 31, 2016 | By John M. Donnelly |

National Press Club leaders expressed alarm about reports that security personnel guarding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had physically abused journalists in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

According to published news reports and multiple tweets from eyewitnesses, Erdogan’s security team manhandled reporters at the Brookings Institution ahead of a speech by Erdogan.

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National Press Club Concerned by Attacks on Journalists Covering Presidential Campaign

March 14, 2016 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club on Monday raised concerns about the increasing attacks and threats against journalists covering the United States presidential campaign, particularly after multiple unsettling reports from Donald Trump events. The Press Club urges all candidates and their teams to support freedom of the press, and to respect journalists playing a vital role in U.S. democracy.

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National Press Club Troubled by Turkish Government's Seizure of Leading Opposition News Group

March 4, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

The National Press Club on Friday voiced its serious concern over the Turkish government's move to seize control of a leading opposition newspaper and other affiliated news outlets, the latest action in a troubling series of crackdowns on independent journalism in the country.

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National Press Club Journalism Institute hosts panel on freedom of information, 6:30 pm March 16

February 23, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute will host a panel discussion on how the U.S. Freedom of Information Act is being applied and how it can be improved at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Tickets, $5 for Club members and $10 for the public, can be purchased online.

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