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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: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 11 2017, @10:06PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 11 2017, @10:06PM (#508357)

    Folks could start throwing 'journalists' into woodchippers and I wouldn't bat an eye, Niemoller be damned.

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @12:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @12:27AM (#508411)

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, there are a few users on this site who are very capable of rational thought, yet they push agendas of tyranny in an attempt to normalize unacceptable behaviors. Jmorris and Khallow are the two most obvious trolls. VLM could just be mildly insane. The rest I think are just old codgers and those with some propaganda still floating around their melons, not people actively trying to subvert what little democracy we have left.

    PS: Jmorris can you hook me up with your sister? I hear she's hot and might want a visa to the US so she isn't followed around by your creepy coworkers all the time! Don't worry, I'm not like Trump and won't "grab her by the pussy."

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by jmorris on Friday May 12 2017, @12:30AM

    by jmorris (4844) on Friday May 12 2017, @12:30AM (#508413)

    No, no no. Didn't you get the memo? The correct solution is to give them a nice helicopter ride [].