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NEFAC Calls for First Amendment Protections in R.I. ‘Revenge Pornography’ Legislation

Update 4.4.18: NEFAC sent a similar letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on April 3 to address its versions of the legislation.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently called on Rhode Island legislators to protect press rights while combatting “revenge pornography,” saying a […]

NEFAC, SPJ Oppose Efforts By New Hampshire Prosecutors to Obtain Reporter’s Interview Notes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists strongly oppose an attempt by New Hampshire officials to force the disclosure of materials collected by a local journalist during a jailhouse interview last year. While reporting for Foster’s Daily Democrat – a publication owned by Seacoast Media Group […]

NEFAC Opposes Vermont Proposal to Extend Deadline for Posting Public Meeting Minutes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today opposed a Vermont bill that would weaken the state’s open meeting law and make it more difficult for residents to obtain timely information about their government. House Bill 700 would allow state agencies and municipalities more time to post public meeting minutes around […]

A Condemnation of Threats to Openness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org As Sunshine Week concludes today, the New England First Amendment Coalition joins open government advocates across the country to condemn actions taken by the federal executive branch and Congress to undermine the public’s right to know. “Those in the highest levels of government have moved far beyond previous efforts to evade […]

Sunshine Week 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is joining open government advocates throughout the country to celebrate the 14th annual Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week, from March 11-17, is a national campaign to promote dialogue about the importance of transparency and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, […]

NEFAC, Right to Know NH to Honor Sunshine Week with Events on Open Government in New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org In recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, the New England First Amendment Coalition and Right to Know NH will present two New Hampshire panel discussions on the state’s freedom of information laws. The discussions will focus on the New Hampshire Right to Know Law and feature several of […]

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker Accepts NEFAC’s Highest Award, Calls for Defense of First Amendment

Boston Globe’s Todd Wallack, Hyde Square Task Force Also Honored During Coalition’s Annual New England First Amendment Awards FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker, accepted the New England First Amendment Coalition‘s Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award on Feb. 23, emphasizing the need to defend journalists from efforts to discredit […]

NEFAC to Address Legal Issues, Public Records at Convention; Awards Luncheon Tickets Still Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present two panel discussions this week addressing legal issues currently facing journalists and explaining how to best obtain public records from local, state and federal agencies. The two discussions are part of NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program and will occur during the New England Newspaper […]

Hyde Square Task Force, Youth Volunteers to Receive NEFAC’s 2018 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor the Hyde Square Task Force in Boston with its 2018 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award is given to New Englanders who have fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of its community or what its government is doing — or […]