Category Archives: FOI

Embrace Transparency on Body Cams

14791866078_154b636d92_qThe New England First Amendment Coalition yesterday urged law enforcement in Vermont to release all body camera footage of a recent police shooting of an unarmed man. Questions about body cameras, their use by police and their implication on public record laws have become increasingly common as more officers are beginning to use the technology. Please see the coverage of NEFAC’s statement below, as well as a recent on-point editorial by the Caledonian Record.

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FBI Should Never Impersonate Journalists

projoFrom the The Providence Journal:

New England First Amendment Coalition executive director Justin Silverman said, “Having government officials — particularly those in law enforcement — go around impersonating members of the press very much undermines the ability of reporters to gather the viagra without prescriptions news, gain the trust of sources and build relationships with the communities they cover.” [Full Story]

Deadly Public Health Prescription

calrecordFrom the Caledonian Record

We agree with Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Center, “While these changes are intended to protect the privacy of individuals, they are neither necessary nor helpful to the public’s response to infectious disease outbreaks. Worse, they may jeopardize the safety of those who would otherwise learn of potential risks to their health.” [Full Story]

Post Reporter Barred from Trump-Pence Rally

projoFrom The Providence Journal:

New England First Amendment Coalition executive director Justin Silverman said: “Trump’s crusade against journalists needs to end. Whether this reporter attended the event as a member of the media or as a private citizen, access should have been provided. Cherry-picking an audience is a campaign interest, not a public interest.” [Full Story]

States Debate Privacy Protections as Technology Speeds Ahead

statelineFrom Stateline

Companies that produce some of the new technologies, such as the makers of education software and drones, fear the restrictions will stifle innovation and commerce. Others, such as Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, say some of the restrictions, such as those on drones, body cameras and “revenge porn” — nude or sexually graphic images shared without consent — may infringe on free speech protections. [Full Story]