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National Press Club Statement on Terry Anderson

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Below is a statement from Emily Wilkinschairman of the National Press ClubAnd Gil Kleinchairman of the National Press Club Journalism Instituteon the death of former Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson.

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“We were saddened to learn of the passing today of Terry Andersonwho had a distinguished career in journalism for the Associated pressand he was taken hostage Lebanon for nearly seven years while reporting there. Mr. Anderson was a frequent visitor to the National Press Club after his release and shared widely about his experiences in remarks at the Club and through his book “Den of Lions.”

“For many years, Mr. Anderson had the honor of being the longest-detained American journalist. He experienced that unfortunate record being overshadowed by the journalist Austin Ticecurrently detained Syria for almost 12 years. When Anderson was kidnapped… Press Club hung a banner over the building to remind journalists and the public of his plight. Similarly, the Club now has a banner in front Austin Tijs on Fstraat.

“Through his life and his work, Terry Anderson reminded us that journalism is a dangerous business, and that foreign correspondents in particular take great personal risks to keep the public informed. Years after his ordeal Mr. Anderson continued to suffer from PTSD as a result of long periods of isolation and cruel treatment by his captors.

“Anderson gave a formal speech at the National Press Club March 16, 1993. His comments and the following questions and answers are available in the CSPAN archives at cspan.org.”

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. With 3,000 members representing nearly every major news organization, the Club is a leading voice for press freedom in this country and around the world.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes a more engaged global citizenry through a free and independent press. The NPCJI is the non-profit organization of the National Press Club.

Contact: Bill McCarren202-662-7534 for the National Press Club

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