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We need you. Now, more than ever.

  Hello. My name is Edward Fitzpatrick. I worked for 29 years as a reporter, editor and columnist, including 16 years at The Providence Journal. I’m a New England First Amendment Coalition board member. Now, more than ever, we must defend the First Amendment. Now, more than ever, we must support the watchdogs that unearth the […]

Dangerous Times for the First Amendment

  Hello. I’m Janet Wu. I’m a reporter with WCVB and a New England First Amendment Coalition board member. I’ve been a reporter here in Boston for nearly 44 years and I think we are wandering into very dangerous territory when it comes to the First Amendment. The recent elections — not just the presidential election […]

NEFAC, Media Groups Argue Against Possible Loophole in Vermont Public Records Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined an amici curiae brief in a case that could determine whether public officials in Vermont can skirt the state’s public records law by communicating through private email accounts. The Vermont Supreme Court case, Toensing v. Attorney General […]

NEFAC Calls for Protection of Press Rights in Rhode Island ‘Revenge Porn’ Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently called for constitutional safeguards in Rhode Island legislation intending to combat so-called “revenge pornography.” Senate Bill 0401 would criminalize the unauthorized sharing of sexually explicit images or photos of a person’s “intimate areas.” It does not, as NEFAC […]

It’s Critically Important

My name is Tom Fiedler. I’m the dean of the College of Communication at Boston University and I’m the president of the New England First Amendment Coalition. The New England First Amendment Coalition exists for the sole purpose of supporting an informed and engaged electorate and I can’t emphasize those two words enough. Informed because […]

The First Amendment Needs You

The last several months have been trying for journalists and the First Amendment. The marginalization of the Fourth Estate, claims of fake news, the belittling of political protests and the questioning of clear truths have overwhelmed American discourse. The conversation — often led by a president who considers journalists enemies of the American people — can seem […]

NEFAC, MFOIC, Maine News Groups Call for Preservation of State House Committee Recordings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition expressed concern this week about a proposed policy that would limit access to recordings of the Maine State House Facilities Committee, calling such recordings “an invaluable tool to aid with accuracy and immediacy, and one that is in the […]

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.”