RTKNH receives First Amendment Award

We couldn’t be more proud.  On Thursday night, October 5, 2017, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications awarded Right to Know NH its First Amendment Award. The award is given annually by the school to those who have “gone above and beyond to uphold” First Amendment Freedoms.

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RTKNH, including founding members and officers Harriet Cady, David Saad and David Taylor were honored at a gala at the Palace Theatre in Manchester for its work in advancing the public’s right to know in New Hampshire.

A 5 minute video about RTKNH was shown at the award ceremony followed by a speech by David Saad,  RTKNH president.

The keynote speaker was Garrison Keillor, creator and star of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, who spoke of everyday threats to our First Amendment rights, not least of which is our own indifference and reluctance to act.

Since it began in 2013, Right to Know NH has been devoted to strengthening the Right to Know law in New Hampshire.  Through legislative action, education outreach and mentoring citizens in obtaining public information, the grass roots organization has grown to become a notable advocate for open government in the state.

We are honored to be recognized by the Nackey S. Loeb School and are delighted that attorney and First Amendment specialist, Greg Sullivan, was also recognized with the school’s Pen and Quill award.

The Nackey  S. Loeb School of Communications’ mission is to “promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and communication.”

Articles by the Union Leader and Concord Monitor provide more information.

 

Webinar on How to Make a Right to Know Request Friday 1/22 @ 7:30 pm

The School District Governance Association (SDGA) and Right to Know NH (RTKNH) will conduct a webinar on how to make an effective Right to Know request.  David Saad, President of RTKNH will be the presenter. The Right-to-Know law (RSA 91-A) is straightforward but the inexperienced can stumble over pitfalls.  Did you know, for instance, that the law does not require any public body to answer questions? You must ask for existing documents or your curiosity will go unsatisfied. Learn many more useful tips during this free webinar scheduled for Friday, January 22, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.
Registration is free, but required in order to receive a Zoom invitation. 

To register click here:  SDGA Right to Know Webinar

RTKNH meeting Saturday 1/16 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, January 16, 2021 @ 9 AM by Zoom video conference. We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us. If you’d like to join us, click on “Send us a message” under CONTACT US to the right and ask for the zoom conference meeting link.

Open and Transparent government meetings during Covid-19 pandemic

Right to Know NH (RTKNH) is sponsoring an online meeting titled “Open and transparent government meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic” on Wednesday December 16th at 7pm. The 1 hour Zoom meeting will include an overview of online meeting requirements which meet the requirements of the Right-to-Know Law (RSA-91A) and Governor Sununu’s executive orders. Meeting includes time for questions from the audience answered by RTKNH members.

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RTKNH meeting Saturday 12/19 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, December 19, 2020 @ 9 AM by Zoom video conference. We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us. If you’d like to join us, click on “Send us a message” under CONTACT US to the right and ask for the zoom conference meeting link.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 11/21 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 9 AM by Zoom video conference. We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us. If you’d like to join us, click on “Send us a message” under CONTACT US to the right and ask for the zoom conference meeting link.

Dr. Salcetti Wins Loeb First Amendment Award

Dr. Marianne Salcetti won this year’s Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award for her case against the City of Keene with 5 of her journalism students at Keene State College. The case involved Right-to-Know requests made by the 5 students to Keene for public records that the city denied. The records related to restaurant inspections, excessive use of police force, underage drinking, and sexual assault.

The Cheshire Superior Court largely ruled against the students, but on appeal they largely prevailed at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Attorney Greg Sullivan represented Dr. Salcetti and the students at the Supreme Court. Dr. Salcetti and the students represented themselves in the Superior Court. Right to Know NH assisted the plaintiffs.

The Union Leader described the case and the award. Click here for the article. Julio Del Sesto produced a video about the case. Click here for the video.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 10/17 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 9 AM by Zoom video conference. We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us. If you’d like to join us, click on “Send us a message” under CONTACT US to the right and ask for the phone number to call.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 9/19 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, September 19, 2020 @ 9 AM by conference call. We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us. If you’d like to join us, click on “Send us a message” under CONTACT US to the right and ask for the phone number to call.

Law Enforcement Transparency, Accountability and Your Right to Know Webinar

On Wednesday, August 12th, at noon, Right to Know NH (RTKNH) will host a Zoom webinar on Law Enforcement Transparency, Accountability and Your Right to Know presented by RTKNH President David Saad.

This webinar will provide an overview on which law enforcement records are available to the public including body cam footage. Learn about your right to request law enforcement records and guidance on how to submit your records request. We’ll also discuss recent Supreme Court rulings which impact your right to know about law enforcement’s actions and records.

No preregistration required. Zoom connection information and link to be posted on the Right to Know NH facebook page at 11:30 am on August 12th – 30 minutes before the zoom webinar at noon. No software download needed.