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NEFAC, FOI Groups Call for More Transparency Within Law Enforcement Following Death of George Floyd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition joined a coalition of transparency advocates across the country today to publicize the need for more access to law enforcement records. “More public oversight leads to better policing, which leads to better public safety and stronger communities,” according to […]

NEFAC Releases Guide on Political Protests, Primer on First Amendment Right to Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org With protests against racism and police brutality occurring throughout the country, the New England First Amendment Coalition released today a guide on political protests. The guide is intended to educate the public about the First Amendment right to assembly and the protections given to journalists […]

NEFAC Calls for Vermont Victim Compensation Board Hearings to Remain Open to Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition testified today in support of continued public access to Victim Compensation Board hearings in Vermont. The board decides who receives financial assistance from the state to help with losses resulting from certain crimes. House Bill 558 would exempt the […]

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 […]