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NEFAC’s Edward Fitzpatrick to Discuss Democracy, Free Press in Providence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Edward Fitzpatrick, a member of the New England First Amendment Coalition‘s Board of Directors and the director of media and communications at Roger Williams University, will discuss democracy and the free press on Nov. 16 at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, 1 Benevolent Street, Providence, […]

NEFAC Demands White House Return Credential to CNN Reporter, Uphold First Amendment Rights of Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Following a contentious press conference on Wednesday, the Trump Administration revoked the press credential of CNN reporter Jim Acosta — an unprecedented move the New England First Amendment Coalition considers unconstitutional, a threat to all journalists covering the White House and an infringement on the […]

NEFAC to Present ‘The First Amendment and Covering Vermont News’ at The Converse Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Michael Donoghue, a longtime Vermont journalist and first vice president of the New England First Amendment Coalition, will discuss the First Amendment and his 50 years covering Vermont news on Nov. 14 at The Converse Home, 272 Church Street, Burlington, Vt. The discussion will begin at […]

NEFAC to Present ‘The First Amendment and Covering Vermont News’ at South Hero Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Michael Donoghue, a longtime Vermont journalist and first vice president of the New England First Amendment Coalition, will discuss the First Amendment and his 50 years covering Vermont news on Oct. 7 at the South Hero Library, 75 South Street, South Hero, Vt. The discussion will […]

ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg to Receive NEFAC’s 2019 First Amendment Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Stephen Engelberg, an investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of ProPublica, will receive the New England First Amendment Coalition‘s 2019 Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award. Named after the late publisher of The Providence Journal, the Hamblett Award is given each year to an individual who has promoted, […]

NEFAC Calls on Brown University, Sen. Warren to Remove Media Restrictions During Campus Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Brown University is prohibiting photography and audio and video recording of a speech by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on its campus Wednesday despite the event being open to the public and expected to cover topics of national importance. In response to the university’s media restrictions, […]

Because of You, We Made It Happen

NEFAC announced in January the launching of its First Amendment conversation series, an ambitious effort to educate the region about our civil liberties and the value of journalism. Our goal at the time — and still now — is to help every community in New England learn more about the freedoms we cherish and how […]

NEFAC Defends First Amendment Right of Public to Access Criminal Court Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today argued against a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that limits public access to court records in criminal proceedings. The ruling “impedes the public monitoring of the judicial system which is essential for the functioning of our democracy,” argued NEFAC […]

NEFAC to Join Special Committee, Advise Burlington Officials on How to Best Protect Student Journalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will participate on a special committee tasked with drafting a new student journalism policy for the Burlington (Vt.) School District. The Burlington School Board formed the committee after editors at the Burlington High School student newspaper complained recently about […]