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

Statement on Behalf of the Families of the Four US Journalists Arrested in Bahrain on 14 February

February 16, 2016

The families of four US journalists who were arrested in Bahrain on 14 February can confirm that they have been released from detention. While we believe the four should not have been held at all, we are grateful to the Bahraini authorities for facilitating their timely release. We are awaiting news of their current location and hope they will be free to return to the United States as soon as possible.

We are grateful to everyone in Bahrain, the United States and around the world who offered help and assistance in securing their release.

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National Press Club Concerned About Reporters Arrested in Bahrain

February 16, 2016

The National Press Club is concerned about reports that four American journalists have been arrested in Bahrain.

The journalists were reportedly in Bahrain covering the fifth anniversary of protests that Bahrain's government violently suppressed. They were taken into custody Feb. 14, reports indicate.

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National Press Club Worries Virginia Bills Harm Transparency

February 15, 2016 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque

Two bills moving through the Virginia General Assembly threaten to bar journalists from easily accessing data on state and local employees.

The bills have the potential to significantly damage the press' ability to hold public officials accountable.

On Feb. 8, Senate Bill 552 cleared the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee in a 8-7 vote. The bill sponsored by state Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, would bar state and local governments from disclosing employee names when releasing annual salary figures.

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National Press Club issues statement by Muhammad Ali to Jason Rezaian

January 28, 2016 | By Muhammad Ali

The National Press Club issued the following statement from Muhammad Ali to Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post on Jan. 28.

"What a true blessing to learn of your release from Iran. It truly lifted a weight off my heart and I thank God that you are back home with friends and family. Your faithfulness, peace and faith helped you through this journey and will continue to lift you up throughout your life. It is my greatest hope that you continue sharing your gift of writing to share the true meaning of Islam with the world," Muhammad Ali said in the statement.

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National Press Club to monitor possible Jason Rezaian release

January 16, 2016

The National Press Club is establishing a Club room to monitor the return of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian from Iran.

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NPC Press Freedom year in review, 2015

December 7, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club has never been more outspoken in defending journalists under fire and pushing for greater transparency—both in the United States and globally.

Jason Rezaian has been a focus of our work since his arrest more than 500 days ago. We have issued numerous statements to protest his continued detention; his mistreatment and isolation during captivity; the secrecy surrounding all his judicial proceedings; and his unfair trial, conviction and sentencing.

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Watch Jason Rezaian press freedom readings right now

December 3, 2015 | By John Hughes |

The National Press Club is reading Jason Rezaian articles for 24 consecutive hours today to draw attention to the Washington Post reporter's 500 days of detention in Iran.

The event began at 7 a.m. today (Friday) and will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday. You can watch right now by clicking here.

Members can also watch the readings live at the Bloomberg Room in the Club during normal operating hours.

The schedule of Club members and journalists who will read is:

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Club to read Rezaian articles for 24 hours to mark 500 days of detention in Iran

December 1, 2015 | By John Donnelly |

The National Press Club will draw attention to Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's 500 days of wrongful detention in Iran by publicly reading his stories for a 24-hour period beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

The reading, which will occur in the Club's Bloomberg Room, will be open to the public and webcast on the Club's home page, During the 24-hour period the Club will also raise awareness of some of the other journalists being wrongly held, including Khadija Ismayilova and Austin Tice.

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National Press Club condemns apparent mistreatment of reporter in Missouri

November 11, 2015 | By John M. Donnelly |

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed concern Nov. 10 about a YouTube video and news reports that appear to document bullying of a student reporter by a crowd of activists on the University of Missouri campus.

The video showed a crowd of protesters trying to intimidate Tim Tai, a student photographer who was reportedly on assignment for ESPN, in an effort to keep him away from an enclave of protesters. The video showed at least two people who were said to be university staff members involved in mistreating Tai by pushing him or threatening to keep him away from the protest area.

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National Press Club calls on Turkish government to protect press freedom

November 2, 2015

The National Press Club is deeply concerned the Oct. 28 raid on the Koza-Ipek media group in Ankara is politically motivated and is another sign of the deteriorating press freedom in Turkey.

An Ankara court recently ordered the seizure of the company's assets as part of an ongoing investigation that accuses it of financing terrorism and promoting terrorism propaganda.

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