Latest Press Freedom Features

Friday, 22 Oct 2010
RSF: Press Freedom Index 2010

Although Reporters Without Borders welcomed the enactment of the Daniel Pearl Act in May 2010, requiring the State Department to list countries that threaten press freedoms and tolerate violence against journalists, several incidents over the past year raise questions about the government’s use...

Friday, 24 Sep 2010
A journalist protests violence against journalists in Mexico City in August.

Jorge Luis Aguirre, the Mexican journalist whose coverage of Mexico’s drug wars prompted a threat on his life, has had his petition for asylum in the United States granted.

Friday, 24 Sep 2010
Bill Mitchell at the IPI World Congress. Photo: David Reali

As he finished editing the IPI Report: Brave News Worlds, Poynter Institute’s Bill Mitchell was changed by what he had read. "Chaos is giving way to clarity. We are now making the shift from 'losing the news' to 'finding the news'."

Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010
Seven former political prisoners.

Flashing victory signs and expressing defiance, the first seven political prisoners released by President Raúl Castro of Cuba arrived in Madrid on July 13 and vowed to continue their opposition to the island’s Communist leadership.

Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Foreign press cartoonists and Samuel Daina, a political refugee housed at Paris'

Journalists around the world mark May 3 as World Press Freedom Day.  But for the OPC, everyday is World Press Freedom Day. How a nation treats its journalists is an excellent barometer of the health of its democracy.  In hopeful moments we imagine the forecast is sunny...

Monday, 24 Aug 2009
Captive Journalists' Cases Raise New Issues for OPC

Journalists everywhere breathed easier in recent weeks after freelancer Roxana Saberi was released by the Iranian government, and former President Bill Clinton persuaded North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il to free TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

Thursday, 16 Jul 2009
Suzanne Breen

Suzanne Breen, the U.K. reporter who refused to surrender notes on Real IRA and was supported by the OPC and the Belfast Court, responds to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Shaun Woodward's letter to the OPC where he writes that a free press "must be balanced against the...

Wednesday, 03 Jun 2009

OPC President Allan Dodds Frank spoke at the New York Candlelight Vigil, one of six events held on June 3, to support detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. This article provides the text of his speech: For 70 years, the Overseas Press Club of America has stood for...

Monday, 01 Jun 2009

The families of detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee urge for support on Wednesday, June 3, for candlelight vigils to be held in New York, Washington D.C., Birmingham, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Friday, 01 Feb 2008

The Russian government wrote a letter to the OPC's Freedom of the Press Committee, providing a typically legalistic and bureaucratic non-response to an urgent question: Was Ivan Safronov, pictured right, the fourteenth journalist to be murdered since Vladimir Putin became president of Russia...