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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


National Press Club mourns remarkable photojournalist killed in Afghanistan

April 4, 2014 | By Myron Belkind and Donna Leinwand Leger | president@press.org

The National Press Club joins with journalists around the world as we mourn the death in Afghanistan of veteran Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning German photographer.

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Club urges Saudi government to allow reporter to cover Obama visit

March 26, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club is urging the government of Saudi Arabia to grant a visa to the Washington bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post so he can cover President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia this week.

The journalist, Michael Wilner, is reportedly the only member of the press corps seeking to cover the president's visit who has been denied a visa for it. The White House Correspondents Association and a spokeswoman for the White House have criticized the Saudi decision.

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NPC asks Defense Secretary about report of soldiers beating Afghan reporter

March 10, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president wrote the U.S. secretary of Defense today expressing concern about reports that U.S. special forces personnel in Afghanistan had beaten an Afghan radio journalist.

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National Press Club to Celebrate 'Sunshine Week'

March 7, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee will commemorate "Sunshine Week" later this month with four events designed to illuminate the importance of transparency and press freedom.

Sunshine Week is an annual series of events in mid-March near the birthday of U.S. founding father James Madison and spotlights the importance of open government.

The events:

Partly Cloudy: Why 'Public Information' Doesn't Always = Accessible Information

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National Press Club to host 'D.C. Open Government Summit: Street View' Wednesday, March 19

March 6, 2014 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The D.C. Open Government Coalition will hold the third annual D.C. Open Government Summit Wednesday, March 19 at the National Press Club to focus on transparency in neighborhoods and communities in the District of Columbia.

The event, titled, "D.C. Open Government Summit: Street View," will be held during Sunshine Week and will feature remarks by:

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'Sunshine Week' Panel to Unlock Inaccessible Government Data

March 4, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club and a coalition of open government groups are joining hands during Sunshine Week to cosponsor a form discussing how to make government data truly transparent.

The panel discussion is titled, "Partly Cloudy: Why 'Public Information' Doesn't Always = Accessible Information." It's being held at the Club on March 18 during a week that spotlights the importance of open government. Admission is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

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Forum to explore public affairs interference with reporting

February 27, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

A National Press Club panel on March 19 will discuss the first ever national surveys that document reporters' perceptions about whether government press offices interfere with reporting.

The event will be held March 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the National Press Club's Zenger Room. Register here.

The forum is timed to occur during Sunshine Week, which is an annual series of events in mid-March that spotlights the importance of transparency, especially government openness.

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National Press Club urges Egypt to release jailed journalists

February 27, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club lent its voice today to a worldwide appeal for Egyptian authorities to release all jailed journalists, including four from Al Jazeera who have been imprisoned for months.

"Journalism is not a crime--not in Egypt, not anywhere," National Press Club President Myron Belkind said. "We call upon the Egyptian government to ensure that these journalists, and all others imprisoned essentially for just doing their jobs, are released promptly."

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Club to host D.C. Open Government Coalition forum Wednesday, March 19

February 26, 2014 | By John Donnelly | JDonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club, as part of its participation in Sunshine Week, is hosting a panel discussion the evening of Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. on transparency in the District of Columbia.

The third annual D.C. Open Government Summit will be an opportunity to hear from innovators who have used open government data and information to create useful tools for our daily lives, such as mapping restaurant health code violations or tracking the District's emergency response times. Traci Hughes, the first Director of the D.C. Office of Open Government, will give featured remarks.

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Sunshine Week Panel: How Journalists Can Unlock Inaccessible Government Data

February 26, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee is joining with open-government groups during Sunshine Week to explore the technical keys to making government data truly transparent.

The panel discussion is titled, "Partly Cloudy: Why 'Public Information' Doesn't Always = Accessible Information." It's being held at the Club on March 18 during a week that spotlights the importance of open government. Admission is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

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