Press Coverage

NEFAC receives considerable press coverage each year for its consistent advocacy of freedom of information and First Amendment concerns. Below are links to stories written about us during the current year. Coverage from previous years can be seen here: 201520142013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Strong Open Records Bill Emerges from Senate | The Recorder 2.2.16

“This Senate bill will help restore respectability to our public records law,” said Justin Silverman from the New England First Amendment Coalition. “It will make it easier for residents to obtain information in a timely, cost-efficient way. It will provide recourse for those who are unjustly denied information and help keep communities informed. This legislation is a big step toward returning transparency to Massachusetts.”

At What Price? Increasing Cost of Open Government | Union Leader 2.1.16

The Union Leader joins the Nashua Telegraph, the New Hampshire Press Association, ACLU-NH, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the New Hampshire Coalition for Open Democracy, New Hampshire Right to Life and the New England First Amendment Coalition in opposing HB 1611. Our government should not use fees to limit our right to know.

Foxboro Police are Shrouded in Suspicion for Handling of Incident | Boston Herald 1.14.16

“Modifying police logs after the fact not only defeats the purpose of the state’s Public Records Law, but it invites mistrust between communities and their law enforcement,” said Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. “The law needs to be followed by all custodians even if the information released is embarrassing or involves a public figure.”