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NEFAC, Open Government Advocates Call for Release of 38 Studios Grand Jury Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today joined fellow Rhode Island open government groups to call for the release of testimony given in the 38 Studios grand jury proceedings. The organizations — NEFAC, Access/RI, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Press […]

NEFAC Applauds Vermont Decision to Make Lawsuit Filings Immediately Available to Public

“The old provision of secret files, even when there had been a hearing, is just one of several outdated policies,” said Michael Donoghue, NEFAC’s vice president and a former Burlington Free Press staff writer. “Our coalition urged the Vermont Attorney General’s Office not to waste tax dollars trying to defend this policy when Vermont was the only state doing it this way.”

NEFAC Testifies in Support of Protections for Vermont Student Journalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently testified in support of Vermont legislation that would protect student journalists at public high schools and colleges from being punished by administrators for stories they report. Senate Bill 18 codifies many of the First Amendment protections that already […]

NEFAC Receives Barr Foundation Grant to Protect Freedom of Press, Assist Journalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce a $45,000 grant from the Barr Foundation in Boston to help strengthen journalism and protect freedom of the press. “The Barr Foundation’s generosity will allow us to improve and expand our educational programming,” said Justin […]

U.S. Supreme Court Declines ‘Ballot Selfie’ Case; Right to Photograph Remains Protected

NEFAC Filed Amici Brief Arguing New Hampshire Law Violated First Amendment Rights, Infringed Free Speech FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a First Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down a New Hampshire law banning “ballot selfies.” By declining to review […]

NEFAC, Media Groups Argue for Right to Record Police in Second Circuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined an amici curiae brief in a case involving a journalist arrested in 2011 while recording police at an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit — which has […]

NEFAC, Media and FOI Advocates to Celebrate Sunshine Week, Open Government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will join open government advocates throughout the country to celebrate this 12th annual Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week, from March 12-18, is a national campaign to promote dialogue about the importance of transparency and freedom of information. Participants include news […]

NEFAC, Telegraph, InDepthNH to Host Sunshine Week Event in Nashua, N.H.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org In recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, the Telegraph of Nashua, InDepthNH and the New England First Amendment Coalition will present a public forum on New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law. The program is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March […]

NEFAC, Press Groups Call President’s Attacks on the Media a Threat to Democracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and more than 80 press freedom advocates recently condemned efforts by the Trump Administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public about official actions and policies. In a March 2 joint statement emphasizing their […]