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NEFAC, Media Organizations Voice Concern Over N.H. Drone Legislation, Lack of First Amendment Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently expressed concern about New Hampshire legislation that would criminalize certain uses of drones and punish First Amendment-protected activity. House Bill 97 prohibits, among other things, the use of drones for commercial surveillance without the permission of those surveilled […]

Lia Ernst of Vermont ACLU Joins NEFAC Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of Lia Ernst, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, to its Board of Directors. “We’re very excited to have Lia join NEFAC and help our efforts defending the […]

NEFAC to Honor Maine Newspaper and N.H. Resident for Right-to-Know Advocacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, and New Hampshire resident Donna Green for their right-to-know advocacy and work on behalf of the First Amendment. The Sun Journal will be presented NEFAC’s 2017 Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information […]

NEFAC Opposes Maine Probate Court Proposal That Would Limit Public’s Understanding, Oversight of Judicial System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today submitted comments to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court opposing proposed amendments to the state’s probate court rules. The amendments would, among other things, classify all inventories, accountings, death certificates, birth certificates and causes of death as confidential and make them […]

NEFAC, SPJ New England to Host Feb. 2 Program on New Massachusetts Public Records Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New Massachusetts Public Records Law What It Means to You and Your Newsroom February 2, 2017 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. J.J. Foley’s Cafe in Boston Free and Open to Public — RSVP Required RSVP FOR EVENT The New England First Amendment Coalition and the […]

Deadline Extended for Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award Nominations; Due Jan. 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is extending the deadline for Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award nominations to January 31. The award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of […]

NEFAC, Media Organizations Argue for Release of Mugshots Under Freedom of Information Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined 28 media and open government groups to support the release of mugshots under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The organizations filed on Dec. 28 an amici curiae brief in Detroit Free Press v. Dept. of Justice, a […]

NEFAC, ACLU, RI Press Association Oppose Proposal to Ban Unsolicited Newspaper Deliveries in Providence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition submitted testimony yesterday in opposition of a proposed ordinance that would ban the unsolicited delivery of free newspapers in Providence. Ordinance 11096, “Opt-In Mass Deliveries,” prohibits the unsolicited delivery of “items, packages or promotional materials by a for-profit entity” […]

Deadline Approaching for NEFAC’s Annual Donoghue FOI, Orfield Citizenship Awards

Submissions Must Be Received By January 15; Journalists, Citizen Watchdogs Encouraged to Apply FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | mail@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking applicants and nominees for its Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information and Antonia Orfield Citizenship awards. The deadline for both is January 15. Submission forms and […]

It’s Not Too Late to Support the First Amendment

Contribute to NEFAC’s End-of-the-Year Fundraiser We’re Just $3,000 Away From Our Fundraising Goal For Every $250 You Donate Before Jan. 1,  You’ll Receive 1 VIP Preferred Seating Ticket  to the 2017 New England First Amendment Awards