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From Karen A. Bordeleau, NEFAC President

Can you name the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment? According to a recent survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, more than a third of Americans are unable to name a single one. That abysmal statistic should worry any democracy-loving citizen. Religion. Speech. Press. Assembly. Petition. Every citizen should know our First […]

Vermont Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Unseal Reporter’s Shield Law Decision

NEFAC Supports Effort of WCAX-TV Ownership to Provide Transparency, Reasoning Behind Ruling FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Vermont Supreme Court today heard arguments about a sealed Superior Court ruling that addresses the state’s newly enacted reporter’s shield law. Gray Television, Inc., is seeking to unseal the decision which protected […]

From Walter V. Robinson of The Boston Globe Spotlight Team

Freedom of the press — a cornerstone of American democracy protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution — is under attack. At the highest levels of government, the press is denounced as “the enemy of the people,” and media outlets are derided as “fake news.” This has eroded public trust in the press and […]

NEFAC Denounces Arrest of Hearst Reporter, Calls for Public Explanation and Apology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition denounced today the arrest of a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter during a recent demonstration in Bridgeport, Conn. A Bridgeport Police officer arrested reporter Tara O’Neill last night as she observed from a public sidewalk a gathering to commemorate the […]

Please Help Us Reach Our Spring Fundraiser Goal

Why support the New England First Amendment Coalition? Because freedom of the press is a cornerstone of American democracy protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. And it’s under attack. At the highest levels of government, the press is denounced as “the enemy of the people,” and media are derided as “fake news” outlets. […]

NEFAC, Media Organizations Argue for Fair Report Privilege Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued that a New York fair report privilege protects the publication of unverified allegations that are part of official proceedings, protects reports on non-public official investigations and protects reporting on documents subject, even in part, to government investigation. […]

Maine Freedom of Information Coalition Testifies to Shortcomings of FOAA Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Maine Freedom of Information Coalition expressed concern this week that bills intending to strengthen the Maine public record laws will instead weaken them. The MFOIC is a group of media organizations and open government advocates — including the New England First Amendment Coalition — […]

NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Bedford Free 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 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 13 at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, Mass. This event is free and open to […]

NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Providence Community 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 8 p.m. on June 26 at the Providence Community Library, Olneyville Branch, 1 Olneyville Square in Providence, R.I. This event is free and open […]