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NEFAC Cautions Maine Legislature Against Proposed Privacy Amendment to State Constitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition warned Maine legislators today that a proposal to create a state constitutional right to privacy could infringe on First Amendment rights and the Freedom of Access Act. “We understand the need for personal privacy, particularly from government intrusion, but we […]

Public Record Appeals: Learn How to Fight Back When Your Records Request is Denied

NEFAC’s Introductory Classes on Public Records Continue with FOI Lessons from Local Experts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its introductory series on public record laws with new classes on the appeal process for individual states and the federal Freedom of Information Act. […]

NEFAC, Press Organizations Continue Fight Against New York Times Prior Restraint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and a group of press organizations continued their fight against a prior restraint imposed on The New York Times by submitting a second amicus brief calling for an immediate end to the unconstitutional restriction on newsgathering. “Prior restraints against […]

NEFAC Strengthens Press, Open Government Advocacy with Additions to Board of Directors

Presence in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts Boosted as Journalists Join Coalition Leadership FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce several additions to its Board of Directors: Julia Bergman at Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Jeff Cohen at Connecticut Public Radio, Shirley Leung at […]

NEFAC, Press Advocates Argue Against Unconstitutional Pre-Publication Review System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined several press advocates to denounce a federal pre-publication review system that erodes the constitutional rights of publishers. “Black-letter law holds that prior restraints on speech and publication are the most serious and the least tolerable infringement on […]

30 Minute Skills: Interviewing Traumatized Sources

The New England First Amendment Coalition launched last year a monthly educational series featuring short, practical lessons on journalism and the First Amendment. The goal of the program — called “30 Minute Skills” — is to provide reporters and other citizens knowledge they can use immediately in newsgathering, data collection, storytelling and other areas of journalism […]

NEFAC Continues Advocacy for Hybrid Public Meetings in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its push for both in-person and remote access requirements for public meetings in Massachusetts. In a Dec. 20 letter to state legislators — signed by NEFAC and other open government advocates in the state including the ACLU […]

NEFAC, Media Groups Denounce Congressional Subpoena for Photojournalist’s Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined a group of media organizations to request that a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capital withdraw its subpoena for a photojournalist’s records. “The events of January 6th were an attack on democracy, […]

NEFAC, R.I. Advocates Seek Executive Order to Make Government Meetings More Accessible

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org Calling it “a matter of great urgency,” ACCESS/RI, a group of open government organizations including the New England First Amendment Coalition, has called on R.I. Gov. Daniel McKee to reinstate an executive order that was in effect throughout the COVID pandemic until this past June, […]

NEFAC Leading Public Records, First Amendment Classes at Loeb School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will lead two upcoming classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, N.H. The classes will be held online and are free to attend. Both classes — Introduction to Public Records Law and Common Exceptions to Free […]