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Wednesday, 05 September 2012

At the OPC annual meeting on August 22, Executive Director Sonya Fry announced that the Ford Foundation has given the OPC a two-year grant of $150,000, with $100,000 to be used to help OPC expand its horizons by working with press clubs and media organizations to discuss freedom...

Wednesday, 05 September 2012
Mary Novick

Mary Novick, 83, died on July 27, after a battle with cancer. Novick was OPC Manager for 22 years. She was warmly applauded at her retirement luncheon at the Williams Club on June 14, 1994 and was presented with a gold bracelet and charm inscribed “OPC 1972 – 1994.”

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter’s chief lawyer

Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter’s chief lawyer, says that fighting for free speech is more than a good idea. He thinks it is a competitive advantage for his company.

Monday, 03 September 2012
From left, Jennifer Conlin and Daniel Rivkin; her parents, Nan and Bill Conlin;
How one family who had been overseas for 20 years returned to a family home in Michigan with three teenage children and dog.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Journalist Mika Yamamoto, a veteran war correspondent with the Japan Press, died

Mika Yamamoto has been killed reporting on fighting in Aleppo, Syria, Japan's foreign ministry confirms.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Mark Thompson

The new New York Times CEO has a TV background. Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, was named CEO of The Times on August 14, succeeding Janet Robinson who left the company with a golden parachute last December.

Thursday, 09 August 2012

The toll compares with 124 for the whole of 2011 and 56 for the first seven months of last year. And 70 may be a conservative figure as INSI has recorded the deaths of an additional 30 news people where it was unclear whether the killings were related to their work.

Friday, 06 July 2012
Viola Drath and Albrecht Muth in June 2001.

Viola Drath, an OPC member, was found dead in her Georgetown home on August 11, 2011. Her husband, Albrecht Gero Muth, was charged with the murder. The Washington Post reported that the death “was the end of a difficult and sometimes violent marriage.”...

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...