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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 applauds Afghanistan candidates for statements on expelled reporter

August 23, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president thanked the two candidates vying to become Afghanistan's next president for separately pledging to rescind the current government's expulsion of New York Times reporter Matt Rosenberg.

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National Press Club questions Afghanistan's treatment of U.S. reporter

August 20, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club president raised questions Aug. 20 about the government of Afghanistan's expulsion of a New York Times journalist whose reporting had displeased Afghan authorities.

Afghan officials ordered the reporter, Matthew Rosenberg, to leave the country and never return.

It was the first expulsion of a Western reporter in Afghanistan since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban regime, the Times reported.

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National Press Club condemns execution of James Foley

August 20, 2014 | By Jeff Plungis | jeff.plungis@gmail.com

The National Press Club condemns the execution of American photojournalist James Foley, who had been missing since Nov. 22, 2012. The terrorist group Islamic State released a video claiming to be Foley's execution.

The Press Club extends condolences to the Foley family, which had mounted a worldwide campaign to find James, who had been working for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse. Earlier in his career, Foley was a reporter for Stars and Stripes.

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National Press Club reaffirms concern about press freedom in Eastern Ukraine

August 18, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club on Monday voiced concern for the safety of a Russian photojournalist who was reported missing while covering the unrest in eastern Ukraine and for other reporters endangered in that war zone.

The Washington-based organization reiterated its stance that all sides in the ongoing conflict respect the essential right of journalists to go about their work without harassment and without fear for their safety.

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Club President calls law-enforcement actions 'unacceptable' at RootsAction.org event

August 18, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

National Press Club President Myron Belkind told a RootsAction.org event Aug. 14 that actions by Ferguson, Mo., police against journalists covering the violent protests there and federal law-enforcement efforts against James Risen are “unacceptable.”

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National Press Club wants answers on reported abuse of reporters in Missouri

August 13, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed deep concern Aug. 13 about reports that at least two reporters covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, were manhandled and detained by police officers there.

According to multiple accounts, Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post were roughed up by officers, detained and later released. The officers did not provide their names to the journalists, the reports said.

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National Press Club expresses concern over reported detention of journalists in Iran

July 24, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed concern Thursday over reports that a Washington Post reporter, his wife and two photojournalists have been detained in Iran.

"If these reports are accurate, we urge the Iranian authorities to promptly explain this action and to release these journalists, who are merely covering news in Iran," said NPC President Myron Belkind.

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National Press Club backs Senate bill to expand FOIA

June 27, 2014 | By Jeff Plungis | jplungis@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club is joining other media groups in endorsing legislation that would strengthen the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, which journalists and the general public use to compel the release of otherwise hidden government documents.

Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, and Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, introduced the FOIA Improvement Act on June 24. The legislation would clarify that the government's FOIA ombudsman, formally known as the Office of Government Information Services, may issue advisory opinions that don't have to adhere to administration policy.

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Press Club criticizes harsh sentences of Al Jazeera English journalists

June 24, 2014 | By Rachel Oswald | roswald@nationaljournal.com

The National Press Club on Tuesday strongly protested the sentencing of three Al Jazeera reporters by an Egyptian court and renewed its urging for their prompt release.

"The judicial treatment that these three journalists have received is horrendous and their sentencing is completely draconian and not at all in line with what one should expect of the commitment to press freedom by a U.S. ally," said Myron Belkind, president of the National Press Club.

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Press Club lauds release of jailed journalist in Egypt, urges court to free others

June 17, 2014 | By John M. Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

The National Press Club expressed relief that an al Jazeera reporter has been released from jail in Egypt, but the Club called on authorities there also to release other journalists held prisoner for doing their jobs.

Abdullah Elshamy, an Al-Jazeera correspondent, had been held without formal charge since August 2013 and was freed on June 16 on medical grounds. He had been on hunger strike for the past 140 days and reportedly had lost considerable weight.

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