Press Coverage 2013

Nominations Sought for Regional Open-Government Awards | 12.20.13 The Forecaster

“The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for a pair of annual awards recognizing private citizens and professional journalists who aggressively advance the people’s knowledge of what government is doing – or failing to do – on their behalf.”

News Media Protest White House Press Access Limits | 11.21.13 The Associated Press

“Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House … against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. … In addition to the AP, those signing the coalition letter were … [the] New England First Amendment Coalition …”

Obama Hasn’t Delivered on Sunshine Promises | 10.27.13 Providence Journal

“[Tim] White, a New England First Amendment Coalition board member, said, ‘The Obama administration is very good at sending out its own news,’ so ‘it’s important to cut through that propaganda to get the real story. … New England First Amendment Coalition executive director Rosanna Cavanagh said the Insider Threat Program’s aim of having people report on each other smacks of the McCarthy era.”

First Amendment Group to Honor Timesman with Hamblett Award | 9.23.13 The Day

“James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who faces legal peril for refusing to disclose the source for his account of a failed CIA operation in Iran, will receive the 2014 Stephen Hamblett Award from the New England First Amendment Coalition.”

Publick Occurrences Forum Explores Privacy in the Digital Age | 9.5.13 Providence Journal

“‘Government transparency is so important,’ said [NEFAC Director Rosanna] Cavanagh. Government officials, she said, should ‘operate in the open, in a glass house so to speak.'”

Education Board Should Not Retreat From Transparency | 8.5.13 Providence Journal

“Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, said: ‘They just can’t call a meeting a ‘retreat’ and get around the law. It would be a violation if there is a topic for discussion related to their duties.”

Administration’s Actions on Press Freedoms Speak Louder Than Words | 7.23.13 Providence Journal

“New England First Amendment Coalition executive director Rosanna Cavanagh said Friday’s ruling ‘will likely undermine the press’ ability to probe government misconduct and create a chilling effect on reporters. Hopefully the Supreme Court will right the scale on review.”

Despite 2012 Open-Records Law, Less Info Made Public in RI | 6.16.13 Providence Journal

“‘If we keep going at this rate,’ says Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, ‘we could end up like Vermont, a state where there are so many exemptions no one can even count the correct number, though it is beyond 250.'”

NEFAC Urges Holder to Turn Over Seized AP Phone Records | 5.17.13 Providence Journal

“Rosanna Cavanagh, the coalition’s executive director, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, saying the snooping into 20 AP bureau and personal phone lines ‘indicates that a failure of supervision or leadership has occurred on your watch.'”

Proposal to Make School Security Plans Secret Criticized | 5.16.13 The Associated Press

“The ACLU, the Rhode Island Press Association, the New England First Amendment Coalition and Common Cause-Rhode Island detailed their concerns in a letter sent to Chafee on Thursday.”

AP Phone Log Seizure is Echo of Nixon Era | 5.15.13 Providence Journal

“This broad and unparalleled intrusion into the phone records of one of the world’s largest news organizations reflects a misunderstanding of the crucial role played by the press in our contemporary society,’ [Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition] said.”

GlobalPost Co-Founder Philip Balboni Receives Hamblett Award | 4.10.13 Providence Journal

“The award was presented at the New England First Amendment Coalition’s annual luncheon. Named for the late chairman and publisher of The Providence Journal, the award highlights a career of First Amendment advocacy. NEFAC established the award in 2010.”

Loeb Winner Gets N.E. Honor | 2.2.13 Union Leader

“The head of the New Hampshire Fire Fighters association, honored with the Nackey S. Loeb School’s First Amendment award last year, will be honored by the New England First Amendment Coalition on Friday.”

Two Chiefs Refuse to Explain Chase Policies | 2.1.13 Worcester Telegram & Gazette

“‘It is hard to imagine that the general guidelines in a pursuit policy could effectively be used by criminals to avoid pursuit, given that such policies can ask the officer to consider generalities such as the road and weather conditions,’ said Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition.”

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