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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued for the immediate release of civil court complaints, saying that “delay can result in a complete denial of meaningful access.” “The First Amendment requires contemporaneous access to civil complaints upon their filing,” NEFAC and other open government […]

NEFAC to Provide College Media Roundtable, Newsroom Safety Seminar at Boston Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will provide two sessions at the annual New England Newspaper & Press Association winter convention later this week. The convention is Feb. 15-16 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Register here. Any college journalism department that purchased a table […]

NEFAC to Recognize Student Journalists from Burlington (Vt.) at Annual Awards Luncheon

Tickets to Feb. 15 Program in Boston Available Until Monday; ProPublica’s Stephen Engelberg to Receive Top Honor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will recognize a group of student journalists from The Register at Burlington (Vt.) High School next week during its annual awards luncheon. […]

NEFAC Argues for Free Access to Police Body Cam Footage in Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition argued that Vermont residents should be able to view, free of charge, police body camera footage, calling access to such public documents the “vena cava of an open society.” “Without this access, citizens must rely on the statements of […]

New Hampshire Open Government Advocate to Receive NEFAC’s Orfield Citizenship Award

David Saad of Right to Know NH to Be Recognized for Legislative Efforts, Public Education Programming FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor David Saad, president of the open-government group Right to Know NH, with its 2019 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award […]

NEFAC Calls on South Burlington High School to Allow Press at Black History Month Event

Media Restrictions Impede Coverage of Black Lives Matter Flag Raising, Community Dialogue on Race FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition called on South Burlington (Vt.) High School to rescind media restrictions it imposed on an outdoors Black History Month event scheduled for this afternoon. Students […]

Hartford Courant to Receive NEFAC’s 2019 Donoghue Freedom of Information Award

Newspaper’s Successful Legal Battle for Sandy Hook Information to Be Recognized at Annual Luncheon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will honor the Hartford Courant with its 2019 Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award. The FOI Award is presented annually to New England journalists who […]

First Circuit: Despite Technology Advances and Privacy Concerns, Juror Addresses Public

NEFAC Filed Amici Brief in Case Arguing for Release of Juror Info; Court Cited Help of Coalition in Decision FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently ruled that the public has a right to the names and home addresses of jurors, saying […]

NEFAC Presents to Canadian Delegation, Expands First Amendment Education Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently presented to a delegation of Canadian public officials interested in learning about U.S. constitutional law and civil liberties. “It was a great opportunity to share with those outside our borders the value of the First Amendment and why […]

NEFAC Opposes Media Registration, Limits on Public Camera Use in Vermont Courtrooms

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 the public’s ability to record Vermont judicial proceedings and require journalists to register with the state before using cameras in courtrooms. “In summary, we believe these changes are unnecessary as […]