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NEFAC, Press Groups Demand End to Police Attacks Against Journalists

Please note that similar letters were sent to officials in New York City on June 6, 2020, and Denver on June 16, 2020. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined 115 other press advocates around the country to demand an end to attacks against […]

Major Wins for Transparency: N.H. State Supreme Court Favors Right to Know

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition applauds a pair of positive decisions issued by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire today that will make it easier for the public to oversee its law enforcement agencies and hold police officers accountable for their actions. “These decisions […]

NEFAC, Press Advocates Call on R.I. Governor to Repeal ‘Extremely Damaging’ Executive Order Delaying Access to Public Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Calling Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s two-and-a-half-month old executive order giving public bodies extra time to respond to open records requests “unwarranted and extremely damaging to the public interest,” the New England First Amendment Coalition and other media and open government organizations today called on […]

NEFAC Continues to Demand Release of Localized COVID-19 Data in Maine

Coalition Joins Newsrooms Throughout State to Demonstrate the Public’s Right to Know FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and a group of news organizations in Maine are continuing to demand the release of localized COVID-19 case data, information now provided by every other state in […]

NEFAC, Maine Open Government Groups Call for Detailed COVID-19 Information

Maine ‘Out of Step’ with Other New England States By Withholding Town-By-Town Case Data FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and several open government advocates recently called for the release of more specific COVID-19 case data in Maine. Releasing the information, they said, is in […]

NEFAC Bringing First Amendment Experts and Journalists into Virtual Classrooms

Free Online Presentations on Civics, Journalism and Media Law Available for Students of All Ages FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is providing educators throughout the region with expert speakers for an increasing number of virtual classes being taught during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition […]

NEFAC, Loeb School Offering Free Classes About First Amendment, Open Government

Online Courses to Explore Value of Constitutional Freedoms and Transparency During Health Crisis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications are offering two free online classes about the First Amendment and the public’s right to know about government […]

NEFAC Sponsors Free Media Hotline for Journalists Covering COVID-19 Pandemic

Law Firm Prince Lobel Tye Providing Pro Bono Help with Government Access Challenges New England Journalists: Direct All Inquiries to ACCESS@PrinceLobel.com or Call 1.888.428.7490 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is supporting a free legal hotline open to all news media in the region — […]

NEFAC to Governors: News Organizations Provide Essential Services During Pandemic

NEFAC commends all journalists for the excellent job they are doing given the challenging circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic presents. Our coalition wants to be a resource for you: What specific challenges are you facing and what needs do you currently have? Whether it’s guidance on better work strategies, small grants for unexpected expenses or online […]

NEFAC Demands Transparency, Public Oversight During COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined a group of open government advocates to demand transparency and opportunities for public oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups released a statement calling on governments throughout the country to protect the public’s right to know when […]