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Andrzej Poczobut and Mortaza Behboudi are laureates of the IAPC Freedom of Speech Award 2023

Members of the International Association of Press Clubs – representatives of dozens of press clubs from around the world – honored the IAPC Freedom of Speech Award 2023 for Andrzej Poczobut and Mortaza Behboudi, two journalists imprisoned by authoritarian regimes. Andrzej Poczobut is a Polish-Belarusian journalist and human rights defender, imprisoned by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko since March 25, 2021. Recently, in a show and fake trial, he was sentenced to 8 years in a labor camp. Mortaza Behboudi is a Franco-Afghan war correspondent, investigative journalist and reporter who has been imprisoned by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan since January 7, 2023. The prison cells of both laureates are separated by 5,000 kilometers. Their situation is different, their background is different, but they have one thing in common –… more »

‘In The Thick Of It’: Ukrainian Journalists Reflect On A Year Of Struggle

by Chad Bouchard A common plea for international media emerged from three Ukrainian journalists during an OPC program on Feb. 22: please don’t forget this war. The program, part of the club’s “In the Thick of It” series, convened three recipients of last year’s 18 OPC grants for Ukrainian journalists struggling to continue their work under dire conditions. “As soon as foreign journalists stop covering the events in Ukraine, the international audience will also lose its interest and lose its understanding of what’s going on in Ukraine,” said Alina Kravchenko, who works remotely for the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine on a project focused on Ukrainian journalists. Comments from all three panelists were in Ukrainian with translated summaries from Maryna Prykhodko, a Ukrainian activist and volunteer based in New… more »

Support for media freedom and free and fair journalism – IAPC General Assembly 2022 in London

From 25 to 27 October twenty Press Clubs from as far away as New York and Warsaw, Canberra and Jerusalem all met in London on the International Association of Press Clubs General Assembly. The International Association and the European Federation of Press Clubs met together in London as the London Press Club took on the leadership of both organisations, the IAPC for two years and the European Federation of Press Clubs for just one. All the clubs attending the assembly signed the new London Declaration on Media Freedom. It pledges member clubs to stand up for free and fair reporting worldwide and to call out efforts by authoritarian regimes to discourage independent media wherever they may occur. The declaration calls on press clubs to monitor progress in maintaining and expanding… more »

A film about Russian influence in Africa awarded with the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism 2022

Two journalists, Clément Di Roma and Carol Valade, have been awarded the 2022 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for their documentary “The Central African Republic under Russian influence” This documentary is a Découpages/Arte G.E.I.E co-production, initially broadcast on Arte Reportage in French, German and English. It was also broadcast on France 24 and published in the French newspaper Le Monde. Clément Di Roma is a video and photojournalist correspondent for France24 based in Rwanda. He started in 2019 as a reporter in Senegal for Agence France Presse. From 2020 till 2022 he was based in the Central African Republic as correspondent for the channels France24 and TV5Monde. From Bangui, he covered the electoral crisis and the armed attacks of a rebel coalition against the capital Bangui. A year later, he directed with Carol Valade the winning… more »

5th Press Freedom Conference in Jerusalem

The 5th Annual Press Freedom Conference is a joint project by the Jerusalem Press Club and the Union of Journalists in Israel and will be held June 30, 2022 at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. This year, the conference will be titled “The Truth, Center Stage,” and will focus on the need to produce quality journalism that strives to investigate the truth, through factfinding, crosschecking and verifying sources. Naturally, the conference will deal with the most important issues on the media agenda – coverage of the War in Ukraine; the tracking of journalists, political opposition members, and human rights activists using the NSO Group’s Pegasus Spy software; and today’s economic challenges posed to the profession as well as possible mechanisms to address them. Our keynote speakers are Julie Pace,… more »

THE TRIAL OF CHENG LEI STATEMENT

Australian, U.S. Press Leaders Condemn China’s Secretive Prosecution and Detention of TV Journalist. Washington, D.C. / Canberra March 31, 2022 - U.S. and Australian press leaders on Wednesday strongly condemned the ongoing detention and secretive prosecution of journalist Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen and mother of two children, who was previously a high-profile business news anchor on China’s state-owned TV channel CGTN. Lei, who earlier in her career worked for CNBC, is scheduled to be tried in a closed court hearing in Beijing on Thursday, March 31 after being held in prison for 19 months. She has been denied contact with her 10-year-old and 12-year-old children. She is being held on dubious charges that have yet to be substantiated with any evidence. At this point, it is unclear if Australian… more »

Make a donation to help journalists covering the war in Ukraine

In 2022, the Overseas Press Club of America distributed 18 grants of $2,000 each to journalists struggling to continue their essential work under dire conditions in Ukraine. Make a donation support the OPC’s ongoing efforts to help journalists covering the war. Please spread the word using the hashtag #OPCUkraineAppeal. OPC Ukraine Fund   more »

The Pegasus Project awarded the 2021 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism

Thursday 14 October 2021, the Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism was awarded to the journalists from the Pegasus Project coordinated by the Forbidden Stories Consortium. The award ceremony held in the Press Centre of the European Parliament was opened by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. From 22 June to 1st September 2021, more than 200 journalists from the 27 EU countries submitted their media stories to a panel of judges. Representing the 29 members of the European jury, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists, Anthony Bellanger, presented the 20.000 EUR prize money to the representatives of the consortium, Sandrine Rigaud and Laurent Richard. The prize is organised by Press Club Brussels Europe. About the winner Forbidden Stories is a consortium of journalists whose mission… more »

The IAPC calls for more decisive steps to defend journalists in Belarus

July 15th, 2021 - The IAPC is alarmed by yet another wave of repression directed at Belarusian independent media and appeals to those in power in Belarus to stop the purge and the attack on the freedom of speech. Journalism as a profession is being eliminated in Belarus. “Purging the media” is no longer merely a metaphor. The Belarusian KGB, acting on the orders of the Lukashenka regime, has openly stated that “A large-scale operation is being carried out to purge radicals.” Under the guise of this “purge”, security forces attacked at least 12 media organisations all over Belarus on July 8-9th and continued on July 12th and 13th. In this third wave of repression against independent media since August 2020, virtually all non-state journalists working in Belarus are designated… more »

IAPC Freedom of Speech Award 2021 for Yuliya Slutskaya, founder of Press Club Belarus imprisoned by the Lukashenko regime

Yuliya Slutskaya – a recognized journalist, longtime media editor, founder and president of the Press Club Belarus – is the laureate of the 2021 IAPC Freedom of Speech Award. She is awarded in recognition of the defense of the right of journalists to practice and the right of citizens to have access to reliable information in Belarus. Yuliya Slutskaya and three staff members of Press Club Belarus have been in custody for six months as political prisoners. For more than five years, the Belarus Press Club has openly supported the media community in the country, promoting higher standards of journalism and providing a platform for discussion and debate. Hundreds of lectures and master classes have been held under its auspices, with many international experts offering their knowledge and time to… more »