National Press Club Bestows 2010 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award

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By: E&P Staff

The National Press Club will honor Charles N. Davis, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, with its 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award.

From 2005 until this year, Davis led the National Freedom of Information Coalition, an organization headquartered at the Missouri journalism school that funds open-government groups around the country. A former reporter, Davis has also helped the cause through scholarly research and writing on governmental information and media law.

Davis also was the recipient of the Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Journalism Teacher of the Year from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Also honored will be Iranian blogger Kouhyar Goudarzi, who has been imprisoned since December 2009 in Evin Prison, charged with “heresy,” a capital crime, “propagating” against the regime and “congregation and mutiny with intent to disrupt national security.” Goudarzi is active in the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, a group that seeks to promote human rights in Iran.

The award, bestowed each year to one domestic and one international recipient, recognizes individuals who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the National Press Club in November.

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