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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 […]

VIDEO | The Next Four Years and the Press

The New England Newspaper & Press Association and New England First Amendment Coalition present a panel discussion on the challenges facing journalists under the Trump Administration. The panel includes Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post, recipient of NEFAC’s 2017 Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award, and the following: Robert Bertsche | Prince Lobel Tye LLP, NEFAC […]

Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan Calls for Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Defense of Media and First Amendment Freedoms

Columnist Honored at NEFAC Awards Luncheon With Sun Journal, N.H. Transparency Advocate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post, accepted the New England First Amendment Coalition‘s Stephen Hamblett Award today, calling for Americans to insist on the truth, seek it relentlessly and stand up […]

NEFAC Panels on Newsroom Ethics, Student Journalism Slated for NENPA Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present two panel discussions today, exploring recent ethical questions facing newsrooms and the legal challenges of student journalism. Both discussions will occur as part of the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s winter conference at the Boston Marriott […]