Press Releases

National Press Club Announces 2021 Aubuchon Press Freedom Award Honorees

August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30--The National Press Club today announced honorees of the 2021 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, an honor which recognizes one international journalist and one domestic journalist who bravely push to disclose the truth in trying circumstances. The 2021 Aubuchon honorees are Haze…

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U.S. Press Leaders to Nicaragua’s Ortega: Hands Off La Prensa

August 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2021--Leading U.S. journalists spoke out Friday against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s unacceptable campaign of repression against La Prensa, the country’s only independent print newspaper. “We call on Ortega to promptly release the La Prensa executives he has detained,…

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U.S. Press Leaders Seek Protections for Afghan Journalists

August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2021--Leading U.S. journalists called Wednesday for stepped-up efforts to safeguard Afghan citizens who have helped U.S. news organizations and who now fear for their safety. National Press Club President Lisa Nicole Matthews and National Press Club Journalism Institute…

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U.S. Press Leaders: Drop All Charges Against Maria Ressa

August 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2021--U.S. press leaders said Thursday it is time for authorities in the Philippines to drop pending charges and a conviction against journalist Maria Ressa, founder and CEO of the Rappler news site. The Philippine government has targeted Ressa in a campaign of repression in…

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U.S. Press Leaders Condemn China’s Yearlong Detention of TV Journalist

August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2021 – U.S. press leaders strongly condemned on Tuesday the upcoming somber anniversary of China’s detention of journalist Cheng Lei, an Australian woman who was previously a high-profile anchor on China’s state-owned, English-language TV news channel. Cheng, a former news…

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Press Leaders' Statement on Public Inquiry Report On Daphne Caruana Galizia Case

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- Following is a statement from Lisa Nicole Matthews, president of the National Press Club and Angela Greiling Keane, president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute on the news of the report on the public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana…

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U.S. Press Leaders To Tunisian Government: Let Al Jazeera Do Its Job

July 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, July 26 – Following is a statement from Lisa Nicole Matthews, president of the National Press Club and Angela Greiling Keane, president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, on actions by Tunisia to force Al Jazeera staff out of their offices in Tunis without warning…

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Press Leaders Condemn Crackdown on Journalists in Belarus

July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2021--U.S. press leaders spoke out Tuesday against the government in Belarus for its escalating attacks on journalists. Since Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, claimed victory in a fraudulent election almost one year ago, he has led a growing crackdown on…

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NPC Newsmaker: Belarus Opposition Leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

July 16, 2021

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Belarus opposition leader, will give a Newsmaker news conference at the National Press Club at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 during a visit to Washington. The event will take place in person at the NPC and also will be live streamed on press.org. Her visit to Washington…

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News Leaders' Statement On Reuters Photographer Danish Siddiqui

July 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, July 16 – Following is a statement from Lisa Nicole Matthews, president of the National Press Club, and Angela Greiling Keane, president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, on the news of the death of Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was covering the war in…

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