The New England First Amendment Coalition, a leading voice in the region for the protection of press freedoms and access to public records, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
A small group of journalists formed NEFAC in 2006 to address a common donateproblem: a disturbing trend toward restricted access to public records and government meetings. Secrecy was becoming the norm. Veteran reporters found it difficult to learn about government and feared the task of doing so was near impossible for private citizens. So they created a nonprofit to help broaden access to public records and open meetings.
Today NEFAC is governed by an active, all-volunteer board of more than 30 reporters, editors, publishers, attorneys and media professionals.