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: 2016201520142013 | 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.

Margaret Sullivan Receives First Amendment Award | The Boston Globe 2.24.17

The New England First Amendment Coalition presented its top honor to Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post. Sullivan accepted the Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award on Friday before a large crowd of journalists, lawyers, educators, students, and media executives at NEFAC’s annual awards luncheon at the Marriott Long Wharf.

Why The Role Of The Press Matters | WBZ-Boston 2.24.17

On Friday I’ll be emceeing the annual New England First Amendment Awards on behalf of the New England First Amendment Coalition, a group of citizens who, according to their mission statement, “believe in the power of transparency in a democratic society,” and they work with others to preserve and promote access to public meetings and documents and proper compliance with freedom of information laws. It’s an honor for me to be involved with this event because I strongly believe that the news media, whatever its failings, provides an essential service to our country, most notably skeptical oversight of what people with power are doing.

Trump Stoops to New Low with Denigration of Media | Southern Rhode Island Newspapers 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.” Silverman said, “Once the public has lost faith in the Fourth Estate, there is nothing to separate fact from fiction, truth from propaganda. Yes, we need to demand high standards and integrity from our press corps. But at the same time, we need to discard hollow accusations of ‘fake news’ and petty grievances with coverage. There’s too much at stake to consider every critical news story as the work of dishonest politically driven reporters.”

Trump at CPAC, a Political Oscar Show, and Eliminating Plastic Straws | The Boston Globe 2.24.17

The New England First Amendment Coalition hands out its annual awards at a 12:30 luncheon at the Marriott Long Wharf; Trump’s attacks on the media are sure to be front and center.

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.