National Press Club

Latest podcast features Club's May 3 news conference updating cases of detained reporters

May 13, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

The National Press Club's current Update-1 podcast carries highlights of the Club’s news conference on World Press Freedom Day May 3 updating developments in the detention cases of four journalists, each of whom has received one of Club’s highest honors, the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

One detainee, Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist, has been held in the El Paso Processing Center since December. The Club is one of nearly 20 journalism organizations asking for his release, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have denied the requests.

Another, Mahmoud Abou Zeid, was one of several journalists arrested in August 2013 while covering anti-government demonstrations in Egypt. He remains in custody.

The other two, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been in custody since Dec. 12 on accusations of breaching the government's Official Secrets Act. They had been covering the Rohingya human rights crisis in Myanmar.

The podcast is hosted by Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Ruqaiyah Najjar.

Update-1 is produced by Mike Hempen. The podcast can be heard here or on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.