Coalition News

Craig Newmark Philanthropies Commits $100K to FAC

Gift fuels journalist training programs, open-government litigation and press freedom defense work  The First Amendment Coalition today announced a $100,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support the nonprofit’s work advancing government transparency, free speech and a free press.  The gift comes during an especially critical time for combatting government secrecy and threats to the First Amendment. Americans are demanding answers about police misconduct and the government’s response to the global pandemic. FAC is fighting

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FAC’s Legal Fight for Police Transparency Featured in The American Lawyer

California’s landmark police transparency law, SB 1421, the Right to Know Act of 2018, made certain records about police misconduct and serious use-of-force available to the public for the first time. Enforcement of the law has required litigation across the state since it took effect. One of the lawyers leading transparency efforts for the First Amendment Coalition and news organizations is Tenaya Rodewald, whose advocacy was recently featured in The American Lawyer. Read the article.

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FAC Supports SB 776 to Improve Police Transparency in California

The First Amendment Coalition supports a measure under consideration in the California Legislature that would improve police transparency, building on the landmark Right to Know Act, or SB 1421, which took effect in 2019. Senate Bill 776, authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would expand the types of records related to police misconduct and use-of-force that are subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act. Law enforcement agencies would be required to disclose records

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FAC Condemns Sacramento Police Department’s Flawed Media Policy

A national coalition of media organizations today joins forces to condemn a new media policy from the Sacramento Police Department. The policy, produced by the Department in the wake of the wrongful detention of working journalists reporting on a protest over the death of Stephon Clark, does nothing to prevent the recurrence of such detentions and does not even commit to compliance with all transparency and access laws that already govern law enforcement. In contrast,

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Bryan Carmody, First Amendment Coalition v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bryan Carmody and First Amendment Coalition v. Federal Bureau of InvestigationU.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 20-cv-04809 The First Amendment Coalition and journalist Bryan Carmody filed a federal lawsuit against the FBI after the agency refused to turn over documents related to late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. FAC and Carmody first requested the documents last year, following the May 2019

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