The National Press Club will highlight three major cases on World Press Freedom Day, May 3
The three journalists – Ressa, Tice and Gutierrez-Soto – are former recipients of the Club’s John Aubuchon Award – the NPC’s highest honor for freedom of the press. Everyone is still fighting for their freedom.
Attendees will experience a virtual platform that feels like a visit to the National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists™, and can navigate between three main events:
- A major address of Maria Ressawho will take stock of his case in The Philippines, where she faces up to seven years in prison for a conviction on false charges of “cyber defamation”. After her speech, she will meet with Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post.
- A unique perspective on the case of Austin Ticethe Navy veteran and Polk Prize-winning journalist held at Syria for more than eight years. Austin’s niece Maia, who just turned 11, will discuss her memories of her uncle and her advocacy for him at school and in her neighborhood. Maia will be interviewed by the president of the National Press Club Lisa Matthews.
- An update on the case of Emilio Gutierrez-Soto, a Mexican journalist driven from his hometown by death threats from the army, which was acting on behalf of cartels. Gutierrez-Soto has been fighting for asylum ever since. He was almost deported at the end of 2017. Now, with a new administration, there is new hope for asylum in this case. Joining the conversation will be Kathy Kiely of University of Missouri School of Journalism and Lynette Clemetson of the Knight Wallace program at University of Michigan. John DonnellyChairman of the Club’s Freedom of the Press Team, will moderate the programme.
Guests are invited to experience any or all of these programs and may also visit the social lounge to discuss these cases with APN members and press freedom advocates from many of our other organizations. of sponsorship.
Registration is free, but donations are encouraged and will support the National Press Club’s ongoing press freedom efforts and activities, including offsetting the costs of programs like this.
PRESS CONTACT: Lindsay Underwood for the National Press Club; [email protected](202) 662-7561
SOURCE National Press Club