Re: 'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans (UPDATES)
posted at 2/1/2012 7:06 PM EST
In Response to 'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans (UPDATES)
WASHINGTON -- In a stunning break with First Amendment policy, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Initial reports from sources suggested that an ABC News camera was also prevented from taping the hearing; ABC has since denied that they sent a crew to the hearing. Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Gasland" was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building. HuffPost has obtained exclusive video of the arrest of Josh Fox. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, can be heard at the end of the clip asking Republican Chairman Andy Harris (R-Md.) to halt the arrest and permit Fox to film the public hearing. Harris denies Miller's request as Fox is escorted out of the hearing in handcuffs. WATCH Capitol Hill Police Arrest a Journalist for Filming a Public Hearing: (story continues below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/house-republicans-order-j_n_1246971.html?ref=politics
"Gasland" received strong critical acclaim and takes a critical eye toward the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a process in which several tons of highly pressurized water and chemicals are injected into the ground, allowing valuable natural gas to escape. The practice is decried by ecological experts for destroying ecosystems and polluting groundwater. The energy industry keeps the actual content of fracking chemicals secret.
Posted by beKool
Seems like they broke the law/rules, whatever:
RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE OF CONGRESS SUMMARY
Congress requires that all members of the electronic media covering news events on Capitol Hill be accredited by the Radio-Television Correspondents' Galleries. Permanent credentials are issued by the Senate Radio-TV Gallery. Both the Senate and House Galleries issue temporary credentials. Gallery credentials are recognized throughout the Congressional complex and must be displayed while working inside the Capitol complex or on the Capitol grounds.
Rules of Congress prohibit Gallery members from engaging in lobbying, advertising, publicity, or promotion work for any individual, corporation, organization or government.
Only current Members of Congress and the Vice President may be interviewed in the House and Senate Gallery studios or booths.
Videotaping and stake-outs inside the Capitol and the Congressional office Buildings require permission and are prohibited in some areas. Check with the appropriate Gallery for clearance. Crews may not videotape while walking in front of or behind a subject anywhere inside the Capitol Complex.
There are predesignated locations outside and inside which may be used at any time by members of the Gallery for standups or interviews. (See map inside back cover.) Shooting video on the Capitol Grounds with a tripod requires permission, except in the predesignated locations. Check with the appropriate Gallery for details. Shooting video outside with portable equipment is generally unrestricted unless it impedes the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Shooting video in some areas on or near the steps on the East Front of the Capitol are restricted.
Coverage of Senate and House hearings must be arranged through the appropriate Gallery. Pool coverage of hearings may be mandated in cases of heavily attended hearings.