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There’s No Judicial Recourse for ‘Crooked Hillary’ and ‘Lyin’ Ted’

By Robert A. Bertsche In the midst of a presidential campaign season that is notable for its uncivil discourse, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last month issued a ruling confirming what we already knew: that “crooked Hillary” and “lyin’ Ted” don’t have a legal claim against Donald Trump for name-calling.  No, Clinton and Cruz did not […]

Recap: NEFAC’s Panel Discussion on Conn. FOI Law, Police Body Cameras

By Amanda Palmeira The New England First Amendment Coalition recently hosted a panel discussion on Connecticut’s public records law and the use of body cameras by law enforcement. It highlighted the often contentious balancing of privacy and transparency interests. Titled “Caught on Camera: The FOI Fallout from Police Cameras,” the April 8 discussion was part of the Making […]

R.I. Court Deals Blow Against Public

Below is an op/ed written for The Providence Journal by NEFAC board members Karen Bordeleau and Tim White, and Justin Silverman, the coalition’s executive director. The column can also be read here. A recent Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling will have government watchdogs scratching their heads and chasing their tails. In a state infamous for […]

Transparency Should Be Granite State of Mind

The following blog post is one of six that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By David Saad Right to Know New Hampshire Today is the last […]

The Consequences of Withheld Information

Below is a Sunshine Week op/ed written for Gatehouse Media by NEFAC Executive Director Justin Silverman. The column can also be read here. It’s Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of transparency in government. Freedom of information advocates throughout the country will spend the next several days reminding communities about their right to obtain public records and the […]

Transparency in Massachusetts: An Unfulfilled Mandate, Not an ‘Unfunded’ One

The following blog post is one of six that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Shawn Musgrave New England Center for Investigative Reporting In the past […]

It’s Sunshine Week and Vermont Has a Right to Know

The following blog post is one of six that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Jim Condos Vermont Secretary of State Sunshine Week, which is now […]

Keeping the Sunshine in Maine, Broadening Citizen Access to Government Information

The following blog post is one of six that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Jim Campbell Maine Freedom of Information Coalition All over the United […]

Rhode Island’s FOI Laws in Need of Improvement — Here’s What Can Be Done

The following blog post is one of six that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Linda Lotridge Levin ACCESS/RI While we celebrate open government each Sunshine Week, […]

Connecticut’s Secrecy in Government Awards

The following blog post is one of six that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By James H. Smith NEFAC, Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information The non-profit […]