"-- A veteran reporter was arrested yesterday at the West Virginia state capitol after attempting to ask HHS Secretary Tom Price a question about the Republican health-care bill. Samantha Schmidt reports: “Dan Heyman, a journalist with Public News Service, repeatedly asked the secretary whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the Republican bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system, he said. ‘He didn’t say anything,’ Heyman said later in a news conference. ‘So I persisted.’ Then, an officer in the Capitol pulled him aside, handcuffed him and arrested him. Heyman was jailed on the charge of ‘Willful Disruption of State Government Processes’ and was released later on $5,000 bail.” Authorities claim Heyman was “aggressively breaching” Secret Service agents who were protecting Price to the point where they were “forced to remove him a couple of times from the area.” But Heyman – who was wearing a press pass and identified himself as a reporter – says that prior to his arrest, no police officer told him he was in the wrong place. “This is my job, this is what I’m supposed to do,” Heyman said. “I think it’s a question that deserves to be answered. I think it’s my job to ask questions and I think it’s my job to try to get answers.” The ACLU of West Virginia calls Heyman’s arrest “a blatant attempt to chill an independent, free press” and demands the “outrageous” charges be dropped immediately. “Today was a dark day for democracy,” the group said in a statement."
Fonte: Washington Post, The Daily 202