NEFAC to Present Journalism, Misinformation Lesson to Indo-Pacific Diplomats

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The New England First Amendment Coalition will present to a delegation of Indo-Pacific diplomats today as part of a U.S. Department of State-funded civics program.

The State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program supports short-term visits to the United States for foreign leaders to learn about a variety of topics, including the First Amendment. WorldBoston, a local non-profit organization, coordinates the IVLP presentations and educational programming.

NEFAC’s Maggie Mulvihill, a journalist, attorney and professor at Boston University, will meet with representatives from Fiji, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and Vietnam. This will be the seventh time NEFAC has participated in the international program. The coalition previously presented to Egyptian, Iraqi, Canadian, Central American and South American delegations.

“Part of NEFAC’s mission is to expand the public’s understanding of the First Amendment not just in our region, but throughout the world,” said Justin Silverman, the coalition’s executive director. “This program allows us to reach citizens of other countries and teach them the value of First Amendment freedoms and the public’s right to know about government.”

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

NEFAC is supported by the Estate of Gloria Negri. Additional funding is provided by Leadership Circle donors including the Rhode Island Foundation, The Boston Globe, Paul and Ann Sagan, and the Robertson Foundation. Major Supporters of NEFAC’s work are Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Boston University, the Academy of New England Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Genie Gannett for the First Amendment Museum, Linda Pizzuti Henry, the Champa Charitable Foundation Fund, Connecticut Public and WBUR-Boston.