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Happy Thanksgiving from NEFAC

Dear Friend of the First Amendment, On behalf of the New England First Amendment Coalition, have a very happy Thanksgiving.  We are so grateful for all your support this year. You have helped strengthen journalism in New England and protect all of our First Amendment freedoms. Thank you for all you do. Sincerely, Justin Silverman Executive […]

NEFAC, First Amendment Advocates Ask Court to Require Media Access at Boston Common Rallies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today asked a federal court to reinforce the right of journalists to cover public rallies on the Boston Common.  Boston officials in August prevented all members of the press from accessing an area of the Common where a controversial group of speakers assembled, […]

Will You Support Our Vision?

For 11 years, our broad-based, non-profit coalition has been the leading regional voice for protecting press freedoms and the public’s right to know about its government. NEFAC has advocated relentlessly for your First Amendment rights and we’ve accomplished a lot.  We provided free investigative journalism training to more than 175 reporters and editors from more than 90 news organizations.  […]

NEFAC, R.I. Transparency Advocates Ask East Greenwich to Cancel Meeting After Open Meeting Act Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The open government coalition ACCESS/RI — of which the New England First Amendment Coalition is a member — wrote a letter to East Greenwich, R.I., Town Council President Suzanne McGee Cienki today asking her to cancel tonight’s meeting. ACCESS/RI believes the agenda for tonight’s meeting, specifically […]

NEFAC Accepting Nominations for Annual Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award; Deadline Jan. 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for its 2018 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of its community or what its government is doing […]

Providence Police Dept. Deserves Praise for Releasing Body Camera Video of Recent Shooting

R.I. State Police Continue to Withhold Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition praises the Providence Police Department for promptly releasing body camera footage showing the recent fatal shooting of a Rhode Island man as he rammed his pickup truck into other vehicles on Interstate 95. The coalition, however, criticizes the […]

NEFAC Seeking Nominations for Annual Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for its 2018 Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award. The FOI Award is given each year to a New England journalist or team of journalists for a body of work from the previous calendar year that protects or advances the public’s right […]

First Amendment Advocates Demand City of Boston Increase Press Access to Demonstrations on Common

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org A coalition of First Amendment advocates today demanded increased press access to public demonstrations on the Boston Common and asked city officials to revise policies that excluded journalists from a controversial rally in August. With another rally scheduled on Nov. 18, the groups encouraged city officials to make “significant […]

Vt. Supreme Court: Right to Public Records Extends to Private Email Accounts, ‘Crucial’ to Accountability

NEFAC, Media Groups Filed Amicus Brief Arguing for Transparency FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The Vermont Supreme Court ruled today that access to public records on private email accounts is required under the state’s law, calling such access “crucial to holding government actors accountable for their actions.” The New England First Amendment Coalition praised […]

Banning Unsolicited Newspapers in Biddeford, Maine, Raises Serious First Amendment Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition urged officials in Biddeford, Maine, today to rescind or change a new ordinance that would restrict the delivery of unsolicited newspapers to residences, as well as limit the distribution of print materials in public spaces. “Our chief concern is that the […]