National Press Club

Associated Press CEO to speak on seizure of phone records at luncheon June 19

June 11, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, June 19. Pruitt will discuss “the unconstitutional seizure of AP phone records and the way forward.”

Pruitt has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of journalists in recent weeks after it became public that the U.S. Justice Department had subpoenaed two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters as part of a leak investigation. Pruitt said the seizure will have a chilling effect on journalism.

The luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. with remarks starting at 1 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. The event ends at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $21 for National Press Club members (NPC members may buy two tickets at this price) and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.

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