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Unprecedented number of Trump administration leaks brings benefits and poses hazards

While trashing conventions at record-setting pace, the Trump administration has also set a new record for leaks. The leaks include transcripts of phone calls between Trump and Mexican and Australian leaders, drafts of executive orders, and details of the stage-managing of the Supreme Court nomination. Some see the leaks as whistleblowing, the exposure of initiatives […]

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David Synder on Press Play

“Hate Speech” and the First Amendment – David Snyder interviewed on KCRW’s Press Play

On February 1, the University of California, Berkeley, shut down a speech by the divisive right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos after chaos erupted on the school’s campus.  FAC Executive Director David Snyder discussed the First Amendment implications of the incident with host Madeleine Brand on the public-affairs program “Press Play,” KCRW radio in Los Angeles.

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FAC Litigation Report: update on select current cases

FAC has been hard at work in state and federal court, fighting to keep government transparent and our elected leaders accountable.  Here are brief summaries of some recent developments in select FAC cases: Drone Memo Case: FAC in the Ninth Circuit  FAC lawyers were in court again last month in a lawsuit that helped bring […]

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Cal Press honoree Peter Scheer with David Snyder

Peter Scheer honored with Cal Press Foundation Award

The California Press Foundation honored FAC’s outgoing executive director Peter Scheer of the First Amendment Coalition with its Jack Bates Award on Dec. 1, 2016, at the 139th Annual Cal Press Winter Meeting at the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco. Scheer has been the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition since 2004. […]

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Journalists Thomas Peele & Caroline Titus named 2016 FAC Award Winners

First Amendment Coalition is proud to announce the recipients of the organization’s 2016 Free Speech & Open Government Award. Out of more than two dozen nominees, two contestants will be honored, one representing a mainstream news organization, and the other representing small-scale community journalism. What they share is their diligence in pursuit of access to public records […]

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David Snyder, Journalist and First Amendment Lawyer, Named to Head FAC

David Snyder, a lawyer and journalist who has worked at the highest levels of both professions, has been selected as the new Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition. He takes over leadership of the free speech and open-government organization on January 1. Snyder is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Sheppard Mullin […]

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Can the First Amendment Survive President Trump?

BY PETER SCHEER—Freedom of speech is as fragile as it is precious. President-elect Donald Trump likes to talk about a future in which America will be great “again.” Freedom of speech—in particular, the right to criticize government without having to whisper and look over one’s shoulder—is why, frankly, America is great now. Freedom of speech […]

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FAC Update

New ED Here at FAC we have been busy conducting a search for a new Executive Director. We received over fifty applications, the vast majority from highly qualified candidates in the areas of law,  journalism, public policy, business and nonprofit organizations. A committee of FAC’s Board, led by Board President Carol Melamed, has conducted dozens […]

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On Access by Peter Scheer

FAC sues LA council over destroyed public records

A new lawsuit filed by the First Amendment Coalition against Los Angeles highlights local governments’ all-too-common—and illegal—practice of destroying public records. The suit, filed Thursday in Superior Court for Los Angeles County, focuses on documents that went missing when a termed-out council member, Tom LaBonge, left office in 2015. Thousands of documents about city business—”public […]

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FAC partners with Online News Association to assist digital journalists

The First Amendment Coalition is delighted to announce a partnership with the Online News Association to provide ONA members—-digital journalists working primarily for digital media platforms—with legal help on First Amendment and other media law matters through FAC’s Legal Hotline service. The Legal Hotline is a legal consultation service available on FAC’s website. Users submit […]

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