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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 […]

NEFAC Calls for Immediate Access to Civil Court Documents in Ninth Circuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition called for the immediate release of civil court documents in the Ninth Circuit today, saying such access is constitutionally required and beneficial to the public. “The press and the public have a right to learn about matters consuming judicial resources […]

Maine Should Reconsider Proposed Policies, Expand Public Access to Online Judicial Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently criticized aspects of a plan to implement an online court case management system in Maine, saying proposed policies do “little for the public” and unnecessarily limit access to judicial records. The draft policies are part of a $15 million effort by the […]

NEFAC Announces Addition of Staff Attorney to Help Advance Coalition Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of Nashwa Gewaily who will serve as the coalition’s media and First Amendment attorney. Gewaily, based in Boston, will provide NEFAC legal counsel, produce amicus briefs and conduct legislative advocacy across the six New […]

Indiscriminate Record Sealing and Redaction Undermines First Amendment, Right to Know

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued against indiscriminately sealing and redacting court filings, saying the practice undermines the public’s right to know. “[A]ccess to judicial documents is essential to the fostering of a well-informed citizenry and the integrity of our judicial system,” wrote NEFAC and other […]

Proposed Rules Unreasonably Limit Press Freedom, Public’s Ability to Record in Vermont Open Courts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently expressed concern over proposed rules that would limit press freedoms in Vermont and prohibit the public from recording what occurs in the state’s open courtrooms. The Vermont Judiciary is considering rules that would prohibit anyone not defined as “media” from video recording or […]

NEFAC Announces Journalism Fellows for Annual New England First Amendment Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce its incoming class of fellows for the 2017 New England First Amendment Institute. “We have an incredibly talented group of fellows this year,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “We’re very excited to begin the institute next month and look […]