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EFF and ACLU Staffers Win 2017 FAC Award for Work on Public Access to Police Surveillance Records

The ​First Amendment Coalition is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Free Speech & Open Government Award are Jennifer Lynch and Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Peter Bibring of the American Civil Liberties Union-Southern California (ACLU), selected for their joint work to bring accountability and transparency to the use […]

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FAC Lawsuit Prompts Disclosure of Records Alleging Misconduct by Milpitas City Official

The City of Milpitas has released a trove of previously undisclosed documents alleging serious misconduct by a recently departed city manager— records the city refused to release until after the First Amendment Coalition sued Milpitas under the California Public Records Act. FAC first requested the records in May, and sued the following month after Milpitas refused […]

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Trump and the First Amendment – David Snyder interviewed on WNYC’s “On the Media”

President Trump has again taken to Twitter to threaten the media, including a tweet suggesting NBC should lose its broadcasting license, resurfacing concerns about his understanding of, and respect for, the First Amendment. FAC Executive Director David Snyder discussed the real-world effects of Trump’s rhetoric with host Bob Garfield on WNYC’s “On the Media.” Click […]

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FAC Partners with Artists United to Provide Legal Help to Artists Nationwide

The First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce a partnership with Artists United to provide AU members – artists working in all media across the nation – with legal help on First Amendment issues through FAC’s Legal Hotline service. The Legal Hotline is a legal consultation service available on FAC’s website. Users submit legal questions […]

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FAC Prompts Disclosure of California Governor Jerry Brown’s Social Media ‘Block Lists’

The First Amendment Coalition today released documents from California Governor Jerry Brown showing that he blocked more than 1,500 individual accounts on his Twitter and Facebook accounts–a practice that excluded those people from participating in a vital forum for political discussion and debate surrounding the state’s highest elected official. In releasing the documents to FAC, […]

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Los Angeles Settles Suit Filed By FAC, Agrees to Retain City Records For At Least Two Years

The city of Los Angeles has agreed it must retain city records for at least two years as part of a settlement agreement reached today with the First Amendment Coalition–a victory for transparency and government accountability in the nation’s second-largest city, and an assurance that the public will have the access to city records to […]

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Clara Hogan Named as FAC’s Communications and Programs Director

The First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the appointment of Clara Hogan, a journalist and communications specialist with substantial experience in the nonprofit sector, as FAC’s Communications and Programs Director. After starting her career in journalism as the managing editor of the 50,000-circulation student newspaper of the University of Iowa, and serving as a […]

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FAC Seeks Nominations for 2017 Free Speech & Open Government Award

The First Amendment Coalition is soliciting nominees for the FAC Free Speech & Open Government Award, given each year for performance of exemplary work in the arena of open government. Qualifications for the award are outstanding accomplishment, service or other contributions to “the people’s right to know” about government. The winner, or winners, could be […]

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