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posted by martyb on Thursday May 11 2017, @05:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the paying-the-price-for-freedom-of-the-press dept.

[Public News Service of West Virginia Reporter Daniel Ralph Heyman] has been arrested and charged with "disruption of government services" in the state capitol for "yelling questions" at visiting Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price and White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.

[...] "The above defendant was aggressively breaching the secret service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area walking up the hallway in the main building of the Capitol," the complaint states. It adds Heyman caused a disturbance by "yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price."

The misdemeanor carries a possible fine of $100 and up to six months in jail.

[...] The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia called the charges "outrageous" and said the arrest was "a blatant attempt to chill an independent, free press."

"Freedom of the press is being eroded every day, " it said in a statement. "We have a president who calls the media 'fake news' and resists transparency at every turn."

The statement said this is a "dangerous time in the country."

Price and Conway were in West Virginia to discuss opioid addiction in the state, which has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation.


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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday May 11 2017, @06:40PM (2 children)

    by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday May 11 2017, @06:40PM (#508235)

    Since when do the authorities ever willingly film themselves interacting with the public?

    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
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  • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday May 11 2017, @06:43PM

    by ikanreed (3164) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 11 2017, @06:43PM (#508239) Journal

    Politicians pretty conventionally do, up until January 2017, for some reason.

  • (Score: 2) by Arik on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:37PM

    by Arik (4543) on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:37PM (#508264) Journal
    Pretty much since cameras got inexpensive enough for it to be possible. Having raw footage and deciding what to release (and how to edit it) is great for politicians as much or moreso than any other profession.

    But I wasn't actually talking about the politician. If I got the story right, he was arrested by Secret Service. They probably have it from a half dozen cameras and at least as many mics.
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