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UCLA Turns Over Video of Contentious Event with Treasury Secretary After Public Records Requests Flood in

Photo credit: UCLA The University of California Los Angeles has turned over video footage of a contentious event with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in which he was interrupted by heckling student protesters. The university initially refused to publish the material after Mnuchin’s “revoked his consent” for it to be shared publicly, but the school […]

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FAC Fights Unprecedented Effort by School District to Recover Nearly $500K From Records Requester

The First Amendment Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday submitted a friend-of-court brief arguing that an effort by the Newark Unified School District to recover nearly half a million dollars in attorneys’ fees from a woman who requested public records under the California Public Records Act is legally meritless, unprecedented, and would […]

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First Amendment Attorney Duffy Carolan Elected President of FAC Board of Directors

The First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the election of Duffy Carolan, an esteemed First Amendment lawyer and longtime board member, as president of FAC’s Board of Directors. Carolan, a former journalist who has spent her career defending the First Amendment, is one of the country’s foremost champions of free speech and access to […]

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Victory for FAC’s Subpoena Defense Initiative 

A reporter for Berkeleyside, a daily news website in Berkeley, California, will not be required to testify in a criminal trial after FAC’s Subpoena Defense Initiative helped secure attorneys to protect the journalist’s rights under the state’s shield law. Emilie Raguso, a senior reporter at the outlet, received a subpoena last month to testify in […]

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FAC Sues Bakersfield For Open Meetings, Records Violations

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) yesterday filed suit against the city of Bakersfield over the city council’s repeated practice of holding closed-door meetings to discuss topics that under California law must be heard in public. The lawsuit, jointly filed with Californians Aware (CalAware) in Kern County Superior Court, also demands that the city release public […]

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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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