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DAN OAKES DECISION WELCOME BUT JOURNALISM PROTECTIONS MUST BE STRENGTHENED.

The National Press Club is relieved to see the decision not to prosecute ABC reporter Dan Oakes, but this case highlights the urgent need for reform of laws that enable the criminalisation of journalism.

These laws have a chilling effect on the right of journalists to carry out their jobs, and to report without fear or favour.

National Press Club calls on the Malaysian Government to immediately stop intimidating Australian and Al Jazeera Journalists

The Board of National Press Club of Australia calls on the democratically elected government of Malaysia to immediately cease its criminal investigation into five Australian journalists and one Al Jazerra journalist over its short documentary 101 East about migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

War Correspondents Memorial

This Anzac Day we stop and reflect on the sacrifices of war correspondents, photographers, artists and crews who tell our stories.

Upcoming Speakers

Wed
3
Mar
2021

Grace Tame

Australian of the Year 2021

'Address to the National Press Club'

Hear from 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame.

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Tue
9
Mar
2021

Kevin Rudd

Former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Australia

'The Case for Courage: An Agenda for Australia’s Long Term Future'

Hear from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as he launches his new book, 'The Case for Courage'.

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Wed
10
Mar
2021

Professor Deborah Terry AO

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland & Chair, Universities Australia

'Address to the National Press Club'

After six years as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Deborah Terry returned to The University of Queensland as Vice-Chancellor and President on 1 August 2020. She is a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and past Deputy Chair of the Board of Universities Australia.

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An iconic Canberra venue providing a premium social setting for professionals, the National Press Club hosts public debates and private discussions that shape Australia today and into the future. A vigorous champion of media freedom, we are a home away from home for journalists, decision-makers and influencers alike. 

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