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NEFAC Renews Call for More Transparency Requirements for Privately Managed Prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The The New England First Amendment Coalition recently reaffirmed its support for legislation that would strengthen accountability and oversight of privately-managed prisons throughout the country. The Private Prison Information Act (S.1728) would apply the federal Freedom of Information Act to private prison, correctional and detention […]

NEFAC Speaker to Discuss First Amendment, Journalism at Greenfield Library Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion on the First Amendment from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 26 at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street in Greenfield, Mass. The program is part of the library’s Thursday Morning Club and […]

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Journalism After Shooting at Capital Gazette Newspaper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition mourns the loss of five staff members at the Capital Gazette community newspaper near Annapolis, Maryland, who were killed by a gunman last week in a senseless act of violence. We convey our utmost sympathies to the newspaper’s staff […]

Hearst Executive Editor, Rhode Island-Based Advocate Join NEFAC’s Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce two new additions to its board of directors. Joining NEFAC are Christopher “Topher” Hamblett, president and founder of The Foundation for West Africa, and Barbara T. Roessner, executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. “We […]

After Arguments By NEFAC and Press Advocates, Maine Judiciary to Post Court Records Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Maine state judiciary announced this week that it will begin posting its court records online for public access. The decision – announced June 7 during a public hearing on access to electronic court records – followed multiple rounds of comments submitted by the New […]

NEFAC, R.I. First Amendment Advocates Call on Gov. Raimondo to Veto ‘Revenge Pornography’ Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently called on Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to veto “revenge pornography” legislation that could criminalize constitutionally protected speech, saying the proposed law would chill news reporting. Revenge pornography is commonly considered the sharing of images depicting adult nudity […]

2018 New England First Amendment Institute Applications Available; Deadline August 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Applications are now available for fellowships to the 2018 New England First Amendment Institute (NEFAI). This eighth annual institute will be held from Sept. 16-18 at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Application materials can be obtained here. All applications must be received no later than […]

NEFAC, R.I. Open Government Advocates Submit Brief in Support of 38 Studios Records Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and several other Rhode Island open government advocates submitted an amicus brief today arguing for the release of grand jury records in the 38 Studios proceedings. “There is an overwhelming public interest in disclosure of the 38 Studios grand […]

NEFAC to Discuss First Amendment, Press Freedom at The Millicent Library in Fairhaven

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a panel discussion on freedom of speech and the press on May 23 at Millicent Library, 45 Center St., Fairhaven, Mass. The discussion, titled “The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Right to Read,” will be […]

NEFAC, ACLU and Media Groups Challenge R.I. Order to Ban Juror Contact, Withhold Jury List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and several press advocates submitted an amicus brief in Rhode Island Superior Court today contesting recent orders to keep secret a juror list and to bar contact with the jurors in a completed, high-profile murder case. The brief — […]