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Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Overseas Press Club of America

Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist in the Dorothy Parker mold (only smarter and funnier, some said) who became one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally,” died Tuesday night...

Wednesday, 27 June 2012
The attack on the pro-government al-Ikhbaria satellite broadcaster began before

A day after President Bashar al-Assad said Syria was living in a “state of war,” rebels operating with increasing audacity around the capital were reported by the country’s official media on Wednesday to have stormed into a pro-government television station, killed several employees and planted...

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Turkish journalists in Ankara, on February hold pictures of journalists who died

Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times reporter who died in Syria this year, had heated arguments with his editors just prior to his final trip into the country, a cousin of Shadid's says, and told his wife that were he to die The New York Times...

Monday, 11 June 2012
Barbara Walters questioned President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

Syria has until recently been a country led by the cultivated, English-speaking President Bashar al-Assad who, along with his British-born wife, Asma, was helping usher in a new era of openness and prosperity. That second impression is no accident with the help of high-priced public relations...

Monday, 11 June 2012
Sebastian Junger, left, introduces fellow journalist Jeffrey Gettleman at the Ha

Jeffrey Gettleman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent, says he travels with "a small militia" whenever he reports from Somalia, a country afflicted by armed insurgency, poverty, and hunger.  Gettleman spoke to a crowd of about 100 at the Half...

Monday, 11 June 2012
From left: Michael Serrill, Tim Ferguson,  David Andelman, Melissa Chan,  Jackie

OPC member Melissa Chan, who was recently denied a visa by the Chinese government, was passing through New York and stopped by after the May OPC board meeting.

Monday, 14 May 2012
From left: Dick Tofel and Paul Steiger

Paul E. Steiger will step down at the end of the year as the editor in chief and chief executive of ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative news organization that he started nearly five years ago.

Monday, 14 May 2012
Horst Faas

OPC member Horst Faas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera died May 10 in Munich. He was 79.

Tuesday, 08 May 2012
2001 OPC Scholar Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan, an OPC member and Al-Jazeera's sole English-language reporter in China, was effectively expelled from China on May 7 after officials denied a usually routine request to renew her journalist visa.

Thursday, 03 May 2012
World Press Freedom Day

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.