Media law

“Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.” — Preamble of RSA 91-A, New Hampshire’s  Right-to-Know Law

The NHPA supports access to public bodies and documents for journalists and citizens alike.

In New Hampshire, public access is governed by RSA 91-A. For more information on how the law works in the real world, see this memo from the state attorney general.

Here are a few more websites that you may find useful:

FirstAmendmentCenter.org: A trove of information about free speech, free press and more.

RCFP.org: This site is maintained by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Includes information on sunshine laws, updates on current cases and a media law advice hotline.

The New England First Amendment Center: Includes state-by-state updates on free press issues in New England, plus tips and contacts.

Are you a reporter or editor with a question about dealing with access to local courts or the state’s Right-to-Know law? Email us at pressnh@gmail.com.

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