National Press Club

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

Letter signed by 173 members of Congress delivered to White House in bipartisan bid to secure the freedom of journalist Austin Tice

September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan letter was sent Friday morning to President Donald Trump, signed by 173 members of Congress, asking him to work urgently toward the safe return of veteran U.S. Marine Corps captain and award-winning journalist Austin Tice, who has been held in Syria for seven years. Tice, a Georgetown graduate and law student, was detained near Damascus on August 14, 2012 while covering the civil conflict there.

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U.S. press leaders decry Tanzania's crackdown on reporters

September 17, 2019 | By John Donnelly |

The government of Tanzania must release jailed journalist Erick Kabendera and cease its repression of reporters and other citizens, the National Press Club and its Journalism Institute said Monday.

Kabendera is a freelance investigative journalist who has written for The Guardian, The East African and other publications. He has been imprisoned since July 29 on phony and changing charges, independent experts say. He has no possibility of bail and his lawyers have told reporters they fear he could remain in jail for years before a trial might occur. His health is failing.

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National Press Club announces 2019 press freedom honorees

August 22, 2019 | By John M. Donnelly |

The National Press Club will give its annual John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award this year to a journalist in Kashmir jailed for nearly a year for his reporting and to a U.S. reporter who has doggedly produced important accountability journalism despite harassment from powerful people.

Each year, the Club gives its Aubuchon award to one journalist from the United States and one from overseas who bravely pushes to disclose the truth in trying circumstances.

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Club and Institute launch special campaign toward freedom for journalist held in Syria

August 13, 2019 | By Julie Moos |

Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and the foundation of our work at the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute. This month we are launching a special press freedom campaign to support the only American journalist being held overseas: Austin Tice, the 2015 Aubuchon Award Honoree and an Honorary Member of the National Press Club.

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Wife of Princeton grad student jailed in Iran to speak Thursday

August 6, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Marking the third anniversary of Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang’s imprisonment in Iran, his wife, Hua Qu, will comment on his case and its status at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

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National Press Club calls on authorities to investigate murder of Mexican journalist

June 14, 2019 | By Jim Kuhnhenn |

The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute condemn the murder of Mexican journalist Norma Sarabia Garduza and call on Mexican authorities to immediately and thoroughly investigate this cowardly assassination. She is the sixth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

Sarabia, who covered crime and violence in Mexico's southeast state of Tabasco, was gunned down Tuesday in front of her home.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Sarabia's loved ones.

We applaud Mexican news reports that the Tabasco State attorney is taking measures to protect Sarabia's family.

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If shield laws can’t protect SF reporter from police raid, where are they working?

May 23, 2019 | By Jim Kuhnhenn |

Media shield laws, designed to protect journalists from revealing confidential sources, can be a reporter’s legal body armor. Too often, however, courts and law enforcement officials act as if those safeguards provide no more protection than a piece of frayed cloth.

Take Bryan Carmody, a San Francisco freelance reporter whose case erupted this month when police raided his home, seized his work tools and temporarily detained him for refusing to reveal the source of a leaked police report -- even though California has among the strongest shield laws in the land.

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How did killing journalists become a game? Sniper 3D CTO explains

May 23, 2019 | By Julie Moos and Ricardo Sandoval Palos |

Since at least 2015, the popular game Sniper 3D Assassin has featured a mission that requires players to kill a journalist who has just bribed a police officer.

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National Press Club celebrates belated release of journalists in Myanmar

May 6, 2019 | By John M. Donnelly |

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed joy late today upon seeing news reports that two Reuters journalists who had spent more than a year in prison in Myanmar had been released.

The journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, had received the Club’s John Aubuchon Award for Press Freedom in 2018. They have also earned a Pulitzer Prize and UNESCO’s press freedom award, and they were recognized in Time magazine in its 2018 “Person of the Year” issue.

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National Press Club decries continued imprisonment of reporters in Myanmar

April 23, 2019 | By John M. Donnelly |

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed outrage about the Myanmar Supreme Court’s decision Monday to uphold the conviction of two Reuters reporters.

The journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, received the Club’s John Aubuchon Award for Press Freedom in 2018. They have also earned a Pulitzer Prize and UNESCO’s press freedom award, and they were recognized in Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue.

“We call on Myanmar’s president to reverse this travesty of justice,” said Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak. “These men are heroes, not criminals.”

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