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: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
TGIF: 21 Things To Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media | RI Public Radio 2.24.17
Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, said, ‘President Trump’s continued attacks on the media undermine the value of journalism in our country. A reporter’s job isn’t to pat the president on the back, but to instead pursue the truth, regardless of how it reflects on an administration. As the saying goes, democracy dies in darkness. Trump seems intent on discrediting the very people we rely on to shine light in those dark corners of government.’
Sun Journal receives First Amendment Award | Sun Journal 2.25.17
The Sun Journal was awarded the Michael Donoghue First Amendment Award by the New England First Amendment Coalition on Friday. The award was given to the Lewiston newspaper during the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association convention. The freedom of information award is given each year to a New England journalist or team of journalists for a body of work that protects or advances the public’s right to access information possessed by federal and state governments.
Let the Sun In | Concord Monitor 2.22.17
In recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion concerning New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law. “The Right to Know in New Hampshire, in Theory and Practice” will be held at the Loeb School, 749 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manchester on March 13 at 7 p.m.
Panel to Discuss Right-to-Know Law at Loeb School | Union Leader 2.20.17
The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion next month on New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know Law.
RI Attorney General Says 38 Studios Criminal Investigation Closed | WJAR 2.3.17
The move comes afterGov. Gina Raimondo, several lawmakers — including House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello — and five groups that promote open government asked the attorney general and the state police to release documents relating to the 38 Studios investigation. Access RI, the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the New England First Amendment Coalition requested to review the documents related to the probe.
Vermont Introduces New Voices Legislation, Hears Testimony in Committee Meeting | SPLC 1.17.17
“Previously, the same senator, Sen. Jeanette White, proposed similar legislation and I think the problem was there was not as much of an organized effort,” Evans said. “The key thing is to bring more voices into the conversation.” These voices include student, law, education, journalism and civic advocates as well as the formal support of the Vermont Press Association, the Vermont Journalism Education Association and the New England First Amendment Coalition.
Should Unsolicited Newspapers and Flyers Be Banned in Massachusetts? | WWLP 22 News 1.4.17
There’s a method to the madness in putting papers and flyers in peoples driveways. It’s a marketing method that’s been used for decades but for homeowners it can also be a headache. However, there’s also groups like the New England First Amendment Coalition that said it would restrict free speech and block the delivery of free newspapers.
Free-Speech Concerns Delay Ordinance Hearing on Newspaper Deliveries | Providence Journal 1.3.17
A hearing on a proposed ordinance to address “Mass Outdoor Deliveries” to residents was continued Tuesday by the City Council’s Ordinance Committee so First Amendment issues could be addressed. Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan said she and other members of the ordinance panel are working with legal counsel to tune the ordinance in a way that addresses concerns raised by The Providence Journal and by freedom of speech advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the New England First Amendment Coalition.