Tag Archives: Maine

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]

NEFAC’s 2015 Annual Review — Help Us Continue to Defend the First Amendment, Public’s Right to Know

2015annualreviewBelow is a letter I wrote on behalf of the New England First Amendment Coalition. Our organization released today its first annual review. It provides a short summary of all our work in 2015. Please give it a read and consider making a contribution to NEFAC. Your support is vital to the work we do. You can make a donation here

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Under Fire for Gag Order in Domestic Assault Case, Maine Judge Calls New Hearing

pressheraldFrom the Portland Press Herald:

“This pre-publication censorship is a strike to the First Amendment and the public’s right to know about its court system and those accused of crimes, rx ” Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, said in a written statement.

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Maine Judge’s Gag Order Meets With Media Backlash

mpbntwitter_400x400From the Maine Public Broadcasting Network:

Justin Silverman of the New England First Amendment Coalition, view says it’s critical that journalism organizations shine a light on these kinds of stories. “I think it’s always important for all media outlets to publicize cases like this, here and not only call out the judges that make these orders, but also inform readers of the threats that exist to their access to information,” Silverman says.  Continue reading