Illinois Patch reporter wins Press Freedom Award

An Illinois reporter fighting prosecutorial pressure to disclose the identity of a confidential source and a Bahraini photographer sentenced to a decade in jail effectively because he did his job–these are the winners of the National Press Club’s 2014 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.

Each year, the club honors two recipients of the award, one foreign and one domestic, who have demonstrated through their work the principles of press freedom and open government. The award is named after the late John Aubuchon, a former NPC president who championed press freedom.

For 2014, the Club has selected Joseph Hosey, a reporter in Illinois, as the U.S. winner; and Ahmed Humaidan, a Bahraini freelance photographer, as the foreign winner.