July 19, 2019

 

OPC Calls for Hong Kong to Withdraw Extradition Bill Permanently

Despite a massive peaceful protest march by some one million Hong Kong residents, all signs suggested that the government was poised to ram a bill that would have allowed fugitives wanted by Chinese authorities to be extradited to the mainland.....

[MORE]Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
 

VIDEO: Book Night with William J. Holstein

Watch video clips from the June 5 book night with William J. Holstein to discuss "The New Art of War: China’s Deep Strategy Inside the United States"....

[MORE]Photo: Chad Bouchard
 

#WorldPressFreedomDay

On World Press Freedom Day, Bill Collins and Allan Dodds Frank write about the climate of fear and intimidation journalists work under, as their safety seems to be declining...

[MORE]Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
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VIDEO: Book Night with Jason Rezaian

Watch video clips from the April 24 book night with Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who spent almost two years in Tehran’s Evin prison....

[MORE]Photo: Chad Bouchard
 

Dateline: Our Job - Changing Lives One Story at a Time

Robyn Dixon provides an on-the-ground perspective of China's crackdown on free expression...

[MORE]Photos: Robyn Dixon / Los Angeles Times
 

On Photography, Cell Phones and Family Portraits

Adriana Zehbrauskas talks about her project about families in Mexico living in communities surrounded by violence...

[MORE]Photos: Adriana Zehbrauskas
 

In Russia There Is No Way to ‘Stay Safe’

Anna Nemtsova writes about grief following the murder of two colleagues in Russia...

[MORE]Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP/Getty Images
 

Dateline: A Change in Focus

Amy Yee talks about the need for more journalism about stories that get overlooked...

[MORE]Photo courtesy of Amy Yee
Press Freedom

OPC Calls for Hong Kong Government to Withdraw Extradition Bill Permanently

OPC Calls for Hong Kong Government to Withdraw Extradition Bill Permanently

Just days ago, it appeared that press freedom was hurtling toward one of its most crushing blows yet. Despite a massive peaceful protest march by some one million Hong Kong residents—roughly one-seventh of the territory’s population—all signs suggested that the government of the Special Administrative Region was poised to ram a bill through the Legislative Council that would have allowed fugitives wanted by Chinese authorities to be extradited to the mainland...

Press Freedom

Peaceful Protesters in Hong Kong Force Government to Retreat on Extradition Bill, For Now

Peaceful Protesters in Hong Kong Force Government to Retreat on Extradition Bill, For Now

It was an historic eight days in Hong Kong, culminating in the biggest demonstration the territory had ever seen. It showed that peaceful mass action can still work...

Press Freedom

OPC Vice President Scott Kraft Says Journalists ‘Won’t Shut Up’ Despite Attacks

OPC Vice President Scott Kraft Says Journalists  ‘Won’t Shut Up’ Despite Attacks

Scott Kraft, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and third vice president of the OPC, urged journalists to stay focused on telling the truth and “resist the temptation to counter name-calling with our own name-calling” in his keynote speech on June 8 at the Jerusalem Press Club’s third international conference on press freedom. The theme of the conference was “Journalism under Siege.”

Press Freedom

OPC Denounces Turkey's Indictment of Bloomberg Journalists

OPC Denounces Turkey's Indictment of Bloomberg Journalists

The Overseas Press Club of America condemns the action taken by Turkey’s judicial system to indict two Bloomberg journalists for routine reporting on the challenges facing the Turkish economy...

Event Recap

Correspondents, Survivors and China Watchers Discuss the Legacy of Tiananmen Square

Correspondents, Survivors and China Watchers Discuss the Legacy of Tiananmen Square

Thirty years have passed since the world witnessed China’s brutal attacks against pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, but the country’s campaign against critics and dissidents has returned with renewed intensity, using more subtle tactics and new technology to carry out oppression. On May 9, the OPC gathered a small army of activists, survivors, experts and foreign correspondents to explore the legacy of Tiananmen, discuss the state of China’s escalating crackdown, and illuminate the road ahead for democracy advocates...

Member Profiles

Meet the OPC Members: Q&A With Jim Huylebroek

Meet the OPC Members: Q&A With Jim Huylebroek

Jim Huylebroek is a freelance photographer currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan. His work has been published by a range of organizations and news outlets, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Der Spiegel, The Telegraph, VICE, UNICEF, UNHCR, The Norwegian Refugee Council and others...

Annual Awards Dinner

PHOTOS & VIDEO: OPC Awards Dinner

PHOTOS & VIDEO: OPC Awards Dinner

See photos and video from the OPC Annual Awards Dinner on April 18, 2019, with links to award pages and more...

VIDEO

VIDEO: Book Night with Jason Rezaian

VIDEO: Book Night with Jason Rezaian

Watch video clips from the April 24 book night with Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who spent almost two years in Tehran’s Evin prison. He discussed his experiences as well as foreign policy concerns, and the contents of his book "Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison–Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out"...

OPC Awards

Annual Awards Dinner Honors Courageous Journalism

Annual Awards Dinner Honors Courageous Journalism

On April 18, correspondents and members of the Overseas Press Club gathered at Cipriani 25 Broadway in Manhattan, for the annual gala to celebrate their award-winning colleagues, and honor journalists who faced great personal peril in the field over the last year...

Annual Awards Dinner

Read the Full Text of Martin Baron's Keynote Remarks

Read the Full Text of Martin Baron's Keynote Remarks

Read a transcript of keynote remarks from Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, who addressed attendees at the OPC's Annual Awards Dinner on April 18... 

OPC Awards

Dateline: Our Job - Changing Lives One Story at a Time

Dateline: Our Job - Changing Lives One Story at a Time

Robyn Dixon writes for the 2019 Dateline magazine: "The light was always on, with no sense of day or night. Two guards were always in the cell but they rarely spoke to the prisoner. The cell’s two security cameras watched constantly. To sleep, the prisoner had to lie on a narrow bed between the guards. He had to squat on the open latrine in front of them to relieve himself..."

Press Freedom

OPC Condemns Arrest of Maria Ressa

OPC Condemns Arrest of Maria Ressa

The Overseas Press Club of America condemns the Feb. 13 arrest of journalist Maria Ressa by Filipino authorities on cyber libel charges. The OPC demands that the government release her immediately and end its longstanding campaign of intimidation and harassment against Ressa and Rappler, the online news site that she founded...

OPC Awards

Overseas Press Club of America Announces Annual Award Winners

Overseas Press Club of America Announces Annual Award Winners

The ongoing civil wars in Syria and Yemen as well as the desperate plight of refugees are the leading storylines among the winners of the 80th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards. America’s oldest association dedicated to international news announced its 21 winners who will be honored April 18 at a dinner in New York...

WATCH LIVE ON MAY 9

LIVE STREAM: Tiananmen Square Thirty Years Later

LIVE STREAM: Tiananmen Square Thirty Years Later

Open this page to access windows to watch live panels from the May 9 event: "Tiananmen Square Thirty Years Later - Is The Past A Portent Of An Even More Authoritarian Future?"

Upcoming Events

(CLOSED) Tiananmen Square Thirty Years Later: Is the Past a Portent of an Even More Authoritarian Future?

(CLOSED) Tiananmen Square Thirty Years Later: Is the Past a Portent of an Even More Authoritarian Future?

Thirty years ago, as of June 4, the Chinese leadership made a crucial decision—it sent in the tanks to crush students demonstrating for greater democratic rights, killing thousands. Come listen to the stories of those students who survived and how they have fought a 30-year shadow war against the Chinese government even though they sought refuge in Western democracies. We also will be joined by American correspondents who covered the event and have watched as the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has gradually closed off the Chinese people’s access to the Western news media, fearing that it might infect the people with foreign ideals and set the stage for future political stirrings...

OPC Awards

Dateline: On Photography, Cell Phones and Family Portraits

Dateline: On Photography, Cell Phones and Family Portraits

Dateline dispatch from photographer Adriana Zehbrauskas: "Adán Abraján de la Cruz was 24 years old the night he disappeared. A first-year student at the Ayotzinapa Teacher’s Rural School in the impoverished Mexican state of Guerrero, he went missing along with 42 other students when the buses they were traveling in were attacked by a drug cartel in Iguala which handed them over to local police, who, working in complicity with city officials, later disappeared them..."

OPC Awards

Dateline: In Russia There Is No Way to ‘Stay Safe’

Dateline: In Russia There Is No Way to ‘Stay Safe’

On a sunny morning in July 2009, I got a phone call from a friend in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya: “They abducted Natasha right from the courtyard of her house.” Shortly after that, we learned that our friend and colleague, Natalya Estemirova, or Natasha as we all called her, had been murdered. I jumped on a plane and flew to Grozny.

OPC Awards

Dateline: A Change in Focus

Dateline: A Change in Focus

Amy Yee, in this year's Dateline: "At a prison in Thiès, Senegal, a group of women in fine dresses cut from the same colorful fabric enact a scene before an audience. One of them breaks down sobbing and wailing; another woman comforts her. These women are not actors, but female inmates of the prison depicting why many of them are in jail: infanticide and abortion, which is effectively illegal in Senegal..."

OPC Awards

Dateline: When Traditional Reporting Isn’t Enough

Dateline: When Traditional Reporting Isn’t Enough

Dateline report by Jacob Kushner: "For many news consumers the name Somalia has become synonymous with statelessness, violence, intractability. Each year Al-Shabab kills hundreds of civilians and terrorizes many more in Mogadishu and beyond. Yet for all the attention on Somalia’s many problems, news audiences might be surprised to learn that when it comes to ending impunity for sexual violence, some regions of Somalia have achieved remarkable progress..."

OPC Awards

Dateline: Creating a Culture of Safety for Freelancers

Dateline: Creating a Culture of Safety for Freelancers

Elisabet Cantenys writes about ACOS for the Dateline magazine: "Back in September 2014, a group of editors met in New York and Chicago to grapple with the horrifying murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria and to devise ways of promoting freelance journalists’ safety. No one could have ever imagined their talks would catch fire. During the following months, they drafted together with the Overseas Press Club and other journalism organizations the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles, a document that outlines a set of safety standards for news organizations and freelancers alike. Soon this informal movement crystallized into the ACOS Alliance..."

Annual Awards Dinner

OPC Annual Awards Dinner, April 18

OPC Annual Awards Dinner, April 18

Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the OPC’s 80th Annual Awards Dinner on April 18, 2019 honoring the best in international journalism...

OPC Annual Awards Dinner

The Washington Post's Martin Baron to Deliver Keynote at OPC Annual Dinner

The Washington Post's Martin Baron to Deliver Keynote at OPC Annual Dinner

As the OPC marks the 80th anniversary of its founding at the Annual Awards Dinner on April 18, the club will honor all the journalists who dedicate, risk, and even lose their lives covering the world – now, and over the past eight decades. Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker, and Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC, will present the awards.

OPC Foundation

C.J. Chivers Tells OPC Scholars to ‘Stick to Basics’

C.J. Chivers Tells OPC Scholars to ‘Stick to Basics’

The Overseas Press Club Foundation presented 16 scholarship awards at the organization’s annual Scholar Awards Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Yale Club. OPC Foundation President Bill Holstein said during his opening remarks that the organization is joining a global battle by launching the careers of journalists’ who share key values of integrity and hard work...

People Remembered

People Remembered: James P. Colligan

People Remembered: James P. Colligan

James P. Colligan, a Roman Catholic priest and a longtime member of the Overseas Press Club (OPC) and Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) who died at 90 on Jan. 31 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had something in common with Cold War-era journalistic contemporaries who represented government-funded news organizations ranging from VOA and Stars and Stripes to Komsomolskaya Pravda and Novoye Vremya, and who did not wish to be – or to be seen as – anything less than first class correspondents...

Photos

Photos from the OPC's 2019 Holiday Party

Photos from the OPC's 2019 Holiday Party

On January 9, the OPC hosted its annual holiday party at the dining room of Club Quarters. OPC members and guests chatted over cocktails and a buffet dinner to help launch this year's calendar of club events...

OPC Awards

OPC Renames Commentary and Cartoon Awards; Honors Flora Lewis

OPC Renames Commentary and Cartoon Awards; Honors Flora Lewis

The Overseas Press Club of America has named its award for best commentary on international news for Flora Lewis, a correspondent and columnist who won four OPC awards during her decades-long career...

Event Recap

The Half King: An OPC Favorite Closes

The Half King: An OPC Favorite Closes

After 18 years in business, The Half King bar and restaurant in Chelsea closed its doors at the end of January 2019. Earlier that month, the owners held a farewell party, packed with longtime patrons. Among them were members of the Overseas Press Club...

Member News

Jaime FlorCruz Displays ‘China Junk’ in Manila Exhibit

Jaime FlorCruz Displays ‘China Junk’ in Manila Exhibit

The exhibit opened on Jan. 19 in a museum in Intramuros, an old district of Manila. It was attended by over 200 invited guests and featured a Q&A on stage between Jaime FlorCruz as interviewee and two local journalists.

Member News

Robert Nickelsberg Returns to Guatemala After Three Decades

Robert Nickelsberg Returns to Guatemala After Three Decades

OPC member and former Governor Robert Nickelsberg has been awarded a fellowship at the Logan Nonfiction Program, which is part of the Carey Institute in Rensselaerville, New York. He plans to write about his return to Guatemala’s Ixil region, where from 1981 to 1984 he worked on stories for TIME magazine on the massacres committed by the Guatemalan Army during its civil war. He returned this January to find survivors more than three decades later...

Press Freedom

Detained Peter Mackler Award Winner Freed

Detained Peter Mackler Award Winner Freed

Sudanese security authorities have released journalist Faisal Mohamed Salih, who was arrested Jan. 3 for supporting anti-government protests...

Press Freedom

OPC Letter to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador President of Mexico

OPC Letter to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador President of Mexico

Dear President Lopez Obrador, On behalf of the Overseas Press Club of America, the oldest U.S.-based journalist organization covering global news, I wish to congratulate you on your inauguration as President of Mexico. You assume leadership of the country with many serious challenges, but the one that concerns us most is a scandal where the Mexican government is using illegal surveillance technology to spy on journalists...

Media Watch

What Happened to The 'New Media?'

What Happened to The 'New Media?'

As this fine piece in The Washington Post makes abundantly clear, the New Media mavens who once appeared to be the future of journalism are running out of gas. Vice, Quartz, Buzzfeed, Mic and other Internet-based news organizations are not meeting their financial targets and there is a hint of consolidation in the air...

VIDEO

Freelance Journalists Discuss Industry Challenges After TV Pilot Screening

Freelance Journalists  Discuss Industry Challenges  After TV Pilot Screening

Bill Gentile, a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker who teaches journalism at American University in Washington, DC, has launched a new documentary TV series to explore the lives and challenges of freelance journalists on the front lines around the world.,,

Field Report

OPC Press Badges Create Universal Access

OPC Press Badges Create Universal Access

I had no idea my new OPC press badges would give me unlimited access to covering one of the most horrific mass shootings of Jewish people in U.S. history. On a rainy October day in Pittsburgh, Pa., I walked quickly to the first of several press conferences that would unveil the somber and tragic acts of Robert Bowers...

Press Freedom

Detained CPJ Staffers Released in Tanzania

Detained CPJ Staffers Released in Tanzania

The Committee to Protect Journalists has announced that two staff members, Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, have been released from detention...

Press Freedom

WaPo Publisher Responds to Trump on Khashoggi Murder

WaPo Publisher Responds to Trump on Khashoggi Murder

Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan made the following statement concerning President Donald Trump’s reaction to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi...

Press Freedom

OPC Cheers Reinstatement of WH Credentials for Jim Acosta

OPC Cheers Reinstatement of WH Credentials for Jim Acosta

The Overseas Press Club of America applauds the federal district court ruling temporarily requiring the White House to reinstate the media credential for Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondent, CNN, whose access was previously revoked...

Event Recap

Panel Explores US-China ‘Cold War’ and Impact on Taiwan

Panel Explores US-China ‘Cold War’ and Impact on Taiwan

Amid trade disputes, security scuffles and cyberattacks on intellectual property, China analysts and watchers are warning that the U.S. and China may be settling in for a long Cold War. That puts a country like Taiwan, with China still disputing its sovereignty and the U.S. offering some arm’s-length support, on a knife’s edge...

Press Clubs

Japan's Foreign Press Club Relocates

Japan's Foreign Press Club Relocates

After a few years of discussion and arrangements, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) moved from its longtime home in the Yurakucho Denki Building to Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district. On the eve of the club's relocation on Oct. 29, Robert Whiting, the club's Second Vice President, made a statement looking back fondly at the FCCJ's history in Yurakucho.

Press Badges

Price of OPC press ID badges cut to $40

Price of OPC press ID badges cut to $40

We have signed up a new printer to make the large, government-style OPC press ID badges. We can now print badges as often as once a month, and have cut the price to $40 from $50...

Press Freedom

OPC and Silurians Invite Saudi UN Ambassador to Explain the Country's Treatment of the Press

OPC and Silurians Invite Saudi UN Ambassador to Explain the Country's Treatment of the Press

NEW YORK, October 25, 2018—The Overseas Press Club of America and the Society of Silurians have invited Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, to a public meeting to explain the Saudi government's treatment of the press, and the abduction and murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Event Recap

Experts Discuss Current Risks and Rewards of Video Journalism

Experts Discuss Current Risks and Rewards of Video Journalism

Over the last two decades, newspapers and other traditional print media have been under increasing pressure to provide video and multimedia content. But in today’s era of ubiquitous cell phone cameras, viral distribution, and manipulated content, video storytelling comes with many pitfalls. On Oct. 18, a panel of experts gathered for a panel to present a “Video 101” seminar on perils and best practices of using video footage...

Event Recap

Sense of ‘Urgency’ Marks 25th Anniversary of the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Festival for War Correspondents

Sense of ‘Urgency’ Marks 25th Anniversary of the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Festival for War Correspondents

For all the talk out of Washington about fake news and the press being the enemy of the people, there is always one small corner where foreign correspondents are revered every October: France’s medieval jewel of Bayeux. This year, the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, the weeklong festival for war correspondents, felt more urgent than ever in its 25th edition, a haven of people discussing the best frontline reporting of the past year, and showering praise on journalists working in the world’s toughest hotspots...

Press Freedom

OPC Award Winner Speaks Out About Crackdown in Bangladesh

OPC Award Winner Speaks Out  About Crackdown in Bangladesh

The following is a statement about the brutal crackdown on free expression in Bangladesh from Atish Saha, a Bangladeshi photojournalist and performer based in New York who won the OPC’s 2014 Madeline Dane Ross Award along with Jason Motlagh for coverage of the Rana Plaza building collapse. Saha has been closely watching developments in Dhaka...

Event Recap

Panelists Say Murders of Journalists Are Simply a ‘Reality’ in Russia

Panelists Say Murders of Journalists Are Simply a ‘Reality’ in Russia

On sept. 20, several OPC members attended a performance of the play “Intractable Woman, A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya,” which covered the interrogation, trial and assassination of the Russian journalist and human rights activist. Politkovskaya reported extensively on the Second Chechen War for the independent daily Novaya Gazeta and was killed in her Moscow apartment building in 2006...

Event Recap

Beth Knobel’s Book Finds that Watchdog Journalism Is ‘Thriving’

Beth Knobel’s Book Finds that Watchdog Journalism Is ‘Thriving’

On Oct. 17, OPC member Beth Knobel moderated a discussion at the Book Culture bookstore near Columbia University to discuss the state of watchdog reporting, and celebrate the launch of her book, The Watchdog Still Barks: How Accountability Reporting Evolved for the Digital Era... 

Membership Fund

OPC Launches New Membership Fund for Freelancers

OPC Launches New Membership Fund for Freelancers

Please consider supporting the work of international freelance journalists by donating to the Membership Fund of the Overseas Press Club of America. Accurate, unbiased reporting is more important now than ever. But much of the work is being done by freelancers who have little institutional support from news organization...

OPC Press ID

OPC Press ID: ‘A Lifesaver’

OPC Press ID: ‘A Lifesaver’

In the winter of 2013, I heard a story about U.S.-backed forces burying a child alive in a remote village in Kandahar, Afghanistan. While investigating, I was arrested by forces loyal to the brutal police chief Abdul Raziq, America’s man in Kandahar. I was expelled from Kandahar and barred from ever returning...