Free Event about Right to Know

Sunshine Week features New Hampshire Right-to-Know discussion

In recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion concerning the key to open government in New Hampshire — the state Right to Know Law.  

The Right to Know in New Hampshire, in Theory and Practice” will be held at the Loeb School in Manchester at 7 p.m. on March 13.

The two-part program will include a presentation by David Saad, president of Right to Know New Hampshire (RightToKnowNH.wordpress.com), a citizens’ group working to improve access to government in New Hampshire, and a panel discussing the law from varying perspectives.

Panelists include:

  • Lisa M. English – Senior Assistant Attorney General
  • Donna Green – President, School District Governance Association of New Hampshire and Board Member, Right to Know New Hampshire

  • Richard Lehmann – Attorney, The Lehmann Law Office

  • Todd Selig – Town Administrator, Durham, NH

  • Trent Spiner – President, New Hampshire Press Association.

The panel will be moderated by First Amendment attorney Gregory V. Sullivan, a board member of both sponsoring organizations, who represents various media outlets in open government cases.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is at 749 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester.

NH Constitution – Part I Article 8 — All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.

Contact:

NEFAC:  Justin Silverman,  mail@nefirstamendment.org  508.983.6006

Nackey Loeb School: David Tirrell-Wysocki, dtwysocki@loebschool.org 603.627.0005

RTKNH: David Saad, RightToKnowNH@gmail.com   RightToKnowNH.wordpress.com

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