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75th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards

75th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards

The first dinner of the OPC at the Park Lane Hotel in February, 1940. Join us for the 75th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 24.

The 1940s: A Scoop in Manchuria

The 1940s: A Scoop in Manchuria

Roy Rowan and Claude Lievesay delivering relief supplies to villages in Central China, 1946. PHOTO COURTESY ROY ROWAN.

Letter From the OPC President

Letter From the OPC President

CBS correspondent Bob Simon speaks to reporters after he and 3 colleagues were freed in Iraq, March 2 in 1991. Simon is the 2014 recipient of the OPC President's Award.

The 1950s: Flashpoint in Berlin

The 1950s: Flashpoint in Berlin

The 1950s: Correspondents in 1957 at Checkpoint Charlie from American sector to Communist East Berlin. From left: S. Topping, J. Fleming, E. de Fontaine, T. Davidson, H. Gilroy, G. Stindt, R. Hill, and J. Main. COURTESY SEYMOUR TOPPING.

The 1960s: Pondering the Lessons of Vietnam

Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street June

Many of us who covered the Vietnam War found ourselves forever in the grip of Vietnam. No other story, no other war, quite measured up. The exotic charm and dangerous undercurrents of Saigon were seductive, the adrenalin-rush of survival, intoxicating. Read more...

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The 1970s: Covering Lebanon's Infinitely Innovative Chaos

At one point during the two-decade-long Lebanese civil war, Palestinian fighters

In 1974 I went to Lebanon as vacation relief for The Washington Post and learned soon enough that war correspondence had changed and changed irredeemably: good-bye to the illusion of official protection and government accreditation for foreign correspondents and welcome to infinitely innovative chaos, Hobbseian anarchy, car bombs, abruptly changing tactical alliances among pop-up armed gangs and asymmetrical warfare in which reporters became legitimate targets. Read more...

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The 1980s: In the Midst of Confusion and Fear in Central America

Wounded Contra soldier being carried out. JAMES NACHTWEY/BLACK STAR. Robert Capa

The back alleys of Washington led me to the wars of Central America. We're talking 1978. I was 27 years old, and I had absolutely no experience with combat or with killing. Then, all that changed. Read more...

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The 1990s: In Sarajevo, Scant Rations but Abundant Black Humor

A son grieves his father’s death at the funeral of a policeman slain during an a

To cover the siege of Sarajevo was to live, at least in some measure, what its residents endured between 1992 and 1995: afraid of shells and snipers, surviving off scant rations, with limited water, light and heat, but abundant helpings of black humor. Read more...

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The 2000s: In Afghanistan, Where Travel Has Become a Barometer of the Possible

Taliban prisoners captured by Northern Alliance soldiers in Northern Afghanistan

At first I didn't realize what had hit the windshield. When a rock slams into glass it doesn't always come through. Instead, all that is visible on the seat are the broken shards. The year was 2001 and it was October. Read more...

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Press Freedom Letters

Egypt
Friday, 10 Jan 2014

Since December 29, 2013, authorities in Egypt have held three Al Jazeera journalists under detention allegedly for spreading falsehoods about the...

Egypt
Monday, 30 Dec 2013
The detention in Cairo of four journalists working for Al Jazeera English is a deplorable development and further evidence that Egypt's military...
Egypt
Thursday, 15 Aug 2013

It is not the role of the OPC to express opprobrium for the politics and policies at the heart of Egypts’s current roils. However, we are appalled...

United States
Thursday, 30 May 2013

Recent leak investigations, particularly the probes into Fox News and the Associated Press, have indeed overstepped the customary boundaries...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The OPC adds its voice to the chorus of disappointment and anger that has followed the news of the Justice Department's wholesale intrusion into...