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: 20142013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Freedom for ‘Opinions that We Loathe’ | Providence Journal 1.25.15

On Jan. 14, French authorities charged a notorious comedian, Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, with “glorifying terrorism” for a Facebook post that, to some, appeared to show support for the gunman who killed four people in a kosher market. The arrest came days after millions marched in support of Charlie Hebdo’s right to mock. “That’s difficult to reconcile,” said Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. “You have to be consistent as to the protections you provide.”

Eric Holder’s Crackdown on Leaks Chills Free Speech | The Boston Globe 1.21.15

Justin Silverman, a lawyer who is executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, noted in a recent e-mail interview that while the administration’s policy change is potentially beneficial, “we shouldn’t forget, though, the series of events that led to those revisions, the lack of transparency that still exists within the federal government, and the ongoing challenges this administration poses to journalists and the free flow of information.”

An Indelible Life: How Technology Keeps Dredging Up Our Past | Foster’s Daily Democrat 1.18.15

According to Justin Silverman, an attorney based in Westborough, Mass., and executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, once information is in the public domain it is virtually impossible to remove. Reputable publications and websites won’t remove information just because a reader requested it, he said. News about an eventual acquittal or dropped charges may also be added to the record, but doesn’t guarantee those viewing it won’t still see the original charge as being a black mark.

Kirby Delauter Was Here; #JeSuisCharlie | Providence Journal 1.11.15

“This is not only an attack on a particular individual or publication, it’s a strike against freedom of speech everywhere,” New England First Amendment Coalition executive director Justin Silverman said. In the face of such attacks, we must resist the “temptation to clam up and self-censor,” he said. “The best response is to continue to speak freely, to report aggressively, to use satire and not be deterred.”

Maine Judge’s Gag Order Meets With Media Backlash | Maine Public Broadcasting Network 1.6.15

Justin Silverman of the New England First Amendment Coalition, says it’s critical that journalism organizations shine a light on these kinds of stories. “I think it’s always important for all media outlets to publicize cases like this, and not only call out the judges that make these orders, but also inform readers of the threats that exist to their access to information,” Silverman says.

Maine Judge Draws Flak From 1st Amendment Advocates After Issuing Gag Order | Bangor Daily News 1.6.15

“This order is a major strike to the First Amendment and the public’s right to know about its court system and those accused of crimes,” Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition in Westborough, Massachusetts, said Tuesday in an email. “It is pre-publication censorship and almost certainly an unconstitutional prior restraint. It is disappointing that a judge of this stature would disregard such fundamental First Amendment protections.”