2018 World Press Freedom Day – Dangerous Times

In recognition of World Press Freedom Day, The National Press Club and its non-profit affiliate NPC Journalism Institute, will hold a news conference at noon, Thursday, May 3 to discuss developments in the cases of four journalists who are recent recipients of one of the Club’s highest honors, the John Aubuchon Press Freedom award. Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist who entered this country legally nine years ago to seek asylum after receiving death threats for his reporting, has been held in the El Paso Processing Center since December 2017. The Press Club and nineteen other journalism organizations have asked for his release while his asylum case is under consideration, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have denied the requests. Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was one of a number of journalists arrested in August, 2013 while covering anti-government demonstrations in Egypt. While foreign journalists have been released, Shawkan was not. Prosecutors’ request for the death penalty comes despite widespread protests against his detention by human rights and press freedom organizations. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in custody since December 12, 2017 on accusations of breaching the government’s Official Secrets Act. The two journalists had been covering the Rohinga human rights crisis in Rakhine state of Myanmar. Panelists include: Kathy Kiely, NPC Journalism Institute Press Freedom Fellow Lynette Clemetson, executive director, Knight Wallace Journalism Fellowship Sherif Mansour, program coordinator, Middle East and North Africa, Committee to Protect Journalists Eduardo Beckett, attorney representing Emilio Guttierez John Donnelly, chair of NPC’s Press Freedom committee will moderate. When: Thursday, May 3 1pm – 3pm Where: National Press Club 529 14th Street NW (14th & F Streets) 13th Floor – Bloomberg Room Washington, DC 20045 Click here to RSVP