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NEFAC to Provide Legal Seminar and Interviewing Workshop 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 this week. The convention is Feb. 7-8 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Legal Issues: Libel, Invasion of Privacy and Other Legal Questions February […]

Student Plaintiffs in R.I. Civics Education Case to Receive 2020 Citizenship Award

Providence Public School Students Demanding State Provide Skills Needed to Engage in Political Process FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org A group of Providence students fighting for more civics education in public schools will receive the New England First Amendment Coalition’s 2020 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award is given […]

NEFAC to Present ‘First Amendment and the Free Press’ at Boylston Public Library

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 22 at Boylston Public Library, 695 Main Street in Boylston, Mass. […]

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 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 able […]

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 […]

NEFAC, Press Advocates Protest Restrictions During Impeachment Trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The The New England First Amendment Coalition and other advocates asked the U.S. Senate today to reconsider press restrictions during the impeachment trial of President Trump. “Absent an articulable security rationale,” wrote the groups in a Jan. 16 letter drafted by the Reporters Committee for […]

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 […]

NEFAC, Media Organizations Defend Journalist’s Right of Access to White House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition demanded today that the press pass of a White House reporter be restored after it was revoked without meaningful due process. “The Constitution recognizes that a free press is necessary to keeping the public informed about government activity and […]

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 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 being […]