NEFAC recently presented a discussion about the First Amendment and freedom of the press at Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
Speakers included Jonathan Albano, Esq.; John Ambacher, a professor emeritus at FSU; and Jennifer Peter, the managing editor for The Boston Globe. Anne Brennan, the regional director of news and operations for the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily and 20 Gatehouse Media-owned weekly newspapers, moderated. [...]
The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Vermont Press Association recently condemned the recent removal of an article written by Burlington High School students and called for additional education for administrators on a new law protecting student journalists and their advisors.
As the groups explained in a joint statement, the high school principal made an “ill-advised” demand that an accurate news story in the student-run newspaper, The Register, be removed from its website on Sept. 11. The story focused on the Vermont Agency of Education filing six counts of unprofessional misconduct charges against the school’s guidance director.[...]
The New England First Amendment Coalition recently testified in support of expanding the Massachusetts public records law to include the state’s legislature, governor’s office and judiciary.
“No matter how strongly the public records statute may be written, it still only covers a small fraction of the documents produced by state government,” explained Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director, in comments submitted to the state’s Special Legislative Commission on Public Records.[...]