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NEFAC Opposes Fees to Inspect Records in Vermont, Touts Benefits of Transparency

Coalition Encourages Lawmakers to Follow Recent Doyle Decision and Keep Free Inspection FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The The New England First Amendment Coalition recently testified against efforts in Vermont to charge fees for the inspection of public records. A Vermont Supreme Court decision last year held that citizens are […]

Hearst Connecticut Media Group to Receive NEFAC’s 2020 Michael Donoghue FOI Award

Coalition to Honor Journalists Behind Investigation Into Sexual Abuse Allegations Tied to Boys & Girls Clubs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor Hearst Connecticut Media Group with its 2020 Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award. The FOI Award is presented annually to New […]

New Hampshire ‘Media Liability’ Legislation Unconstitutional, Undermines Press Freedom

NEFAC Opposes HB 1157 Citing First Amendment Cases and Warning of Chilling Effect on News Organizations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The The New England First Amendment Coalition opposes a New Hampshire bill that would require newsrooms to update certain stories about criminal proceedings at the request of those charged […]

Mass. SJC Affirms ‘Fair Report Privilege’ in Win for Newsrooms, Public’s Right to Know

NEFAC, Media Organizations Filed Brief in Case Warning of Chilling Effect if Privilege Not Upheld FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the state’s “fair report” privilege earlier this week confirming that news organizations can fairly and accurately report certain types of governmental action without […]

NEFAC, Media Organizations Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Adopt Rule on Record Sealing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and 52 media organizations recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a rule that would state a clear standard for when court filings may be sealed. In a December 16 letter to Chief Justice John Roberts — drafted […]

A. G. Sulzberger, Publisher of The New York Times, to Receive NEFAC’s 2020 Hamblett Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org A. G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, will receive the New England First Amendment Coalition’s 2020 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 Helps Educators Teach Media Literacy From Journalist’s Perspective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition taught a session on media literacy today to a group of educators from Massachusetts high schools. The session was part of a larger conference at Framingham State University hosted by Primary Source, a non-profit organization that helps provide civics […]

NEFAC, Media Organizations Continue to Battle Federal ‘Censorship By PIO’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and 26 journalism and open government groups sent a letter today to every member of Congress calling for support of unimpeded communication with journalists for all federal employees. “It is essential to public welfare and democracy that this issue […]

NEFAC Continues to Call for Increased Transparency From Privately Managed Prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined a group of media organizations and open government advocates to renew its call for more accountability at privately-managed prisons. The coalition supports reintroducing the Private Prison Information Act which would apply the federal Freedom of Information Act […]

NEFAC Seeks Nominations for Annual Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award; Deadline January 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for its 2020 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 […]