National Press Club Announces Press Freedom Award Winners for 2013
Each year, the NPC confers its Aubuchon award on people whose work and lives have advanced the cause of press freedom and transparency. The annual award goes to one domestic recipient and one international one.
This year, for the first time, the Club is honoring a group of people–whistleblowers–rather than an individual person.
The decision to honor The Whistleblower is also a way of highlighting the extent to which people who speak to the press are increasingly under siege. The threats to sources run along a spectrum. On the lower end, they include a growing tendency to forbid officials and executives from speaking with reporters on the record or on background without handlers present. On the higher end, they include government attempts to prosecute whistleblowers under espionage laws and to try to compel reporters to disclose confidential sources. Sources are increasingly at risk because of the ease with which digital communications can be monitored.
The Club will use the prize money that goes with the domestic Aubuchon award to create programs to educate sources and reporters about protecting identities in this perilous environment.
This year’s foreign winner is
According to Reporters Without Borders,
“No reporter anywhere should be put in jail for the supposed ‘crime’ of doing his or her job,” Greiling Keane said. “That standard applies to every country in the world.”
The press-freedom honors will be presented at the Club’s annual awards dinner
The award is named after
The National Press Club, founded in 1908, is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. Located in
World Press Freedom Day was created in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is celebrated on
SOURCE National Press Club