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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 […]

2019 New England First Amendment Institute Applications Available; Deadline August 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Applications are now available for fellowships to the 2019 New England First Amendment Institute (NEFAI). This ninth annual institute will be held from Sept. 22-24 at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Application materials can be obtained here. All applications must be received no later than […]

We’re Fighting Back

At the highest levels of government, the press is denounced as “the enemy of the people,” and media outlets are derided as “fake news.” But we’re fighting back. The New England First Amendment Coalition is the region’s leading advocate for the First Amendment. We fight every day to protect press freedom, enhance access to public […]

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 […]