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NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at South Hadley Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street in South Hadley, Mass. This event is free and open […]

Educator, Former Journalist Maria Hiaasen to Speak at Ninth Annual Institute

Widow of Capital Gazette Shooting Victim, Hiaasen Will Discuss Value of Local Journalism FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Maria Hiaasen, a former journalist and widow of Capital Gazette shooting victim Rob Hiaasen, will be a featured speaker at the ninth annual New England First Amendment Institute. The New England First Amendment […]

Miami Herald Editor Casey Frank to Open Ninth Annual New England First Amendment Institute

Twenty-Five Fellows to Be Selected for Investigative Journalism Program; Applications Due August 9 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Miami Herald’s Casey Frank, senior editor for investigations and enterprise, will deliver the keynote address at the ninth annual New England First Amendment Institute. The New England First Amendment Coalition offers the […]

NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Saugus Public Library in Mass.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Saugus Public Library, 295 Central Street in Saugus, Mass. This event is free and open to the […]

NEFAC Opposes Effort to Exempt Police Body Camera Footage from Mass. Public Records Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition opposes a bill in Massachusetts that would make police-worn body camera footage exempt from the state’s public records law. In addition to establishing a taskforce to explore the use of body cameras and law enforcement policies, House Bill 2120 […]

NEFAC to Provide Remarks at R.I. Attorney General’s Annual Open Government Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will help commence the 21st annual Open Government Summit on July 19, providing remarks on the value of transparency and the importance of the public’s right to know. The summit, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Roger Williams […]

NEFAC Opposes Mass. Legislation to Limit Citizen Rights Under Open Meeting Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently expressed concern about legislation intended to prevent vexatious filings of Open Meeting Law complaints in Massachusetts, calling for reconsideration of key provisions in the bills. Bills H.2740 and S.1899 would restructure the current review process of complaints, cap […]

NEFAC Strengthens Advocacy with New England Law | Boston Summer Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce Cambrea Beller and Matt Lacey, students at New England Law | Boston, as summer fellows for the coalition. Beller and Lacey, both rising second-year law students, will be assisting in a variety of projects and […]

Following Advocacy By NEFAC, Vermont State Police Disclose Name of Driver in Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org After calls for disclosure by the New England First Amendment Coalition and other transparency advocates, the Vermont State Police recently ended more than two weeks of secrecy and provided the name of a teen driver involved in a fatal crash last month. “While the state […]

NEFAC Helps Effort to Revise St. Albans (Vt.) School Policy on Student Press, Expression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition salutes the staff of The Mercury, a student-run high school newspaper at Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans (Vt.), for recently helping its local school board update the district’s student expression policy. NEFAC, along with the Vermont Press Association, served as […]