Reporter arrested 'for trying to ask Donald Trump's health secretary a question'

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Reporter arrested 'for trying to ask Donald Trump's health secretary a question'

Post by Sassy on Wed May 10, 2017 7:29 pm

Dan Heyman says he was 'doing his job' with question over protection for domestic violence victims

A journalist has been arrested after attempting to question Donald Trump’s health secretary over controversial healthcare reforms.

Dan Heyman said he was detained for “doing my job” as Tom Price and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway at the West Virginia State Capitol.

He had followed Mr Price as he entered the building, holding out his phone to record while repeatedly asking whether domestic violence would be considered a “pre-existing condition” barring affected women from receiving health insurance.

The US Secretary of Heath did not reply but minutes later, Mr Heyman was handcuffed by police and taken away.

“He didn’t say anything, so I persisted,” said the journalist, who is a health specialist at the non-profit Public News Service (PNS).
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“At some point I think they decided I was just too persistent in asking this question and trying to do my job – so they arrested me.”

Mr Heyman said he was holding his phone out towards Mr Price to record audio and was not doing anything that could be considered violent.

He was detained on the charge of “wilful disruption of state government processes” and was released on a $5,000 bail (£3,900).

A criminal complaint seen by the Washington Post accused Mr Heyman of “aggressively breaching” an area protected by Secret Service agents and “causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms Conway and Secretary Price”.

“It’s first time I’ve ever seen anyone arrested for asking a question,” said Mr Heyman, who has been a reporter for 30 years.

“I think it’s a terrible example, I think it’s dreadful.

“This is my job, this is what I’m supposed to do. I’m supposed to go and find out if somebody is going to be affected by this healthcare law.”

Early proposals for “Trumpcare” have hit hurdles in Congress amid controversy over the definition of some pre-existing conditions, although supporters have emphasised that states already have protections in place for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Senate Democrats leader Chuck Schumer said the bill currently being considered by the House is “discriminatory against women” amid anger over an all-male working group on health policy.

Mr Price and Ms Conway had been visiting Charleston to discuss efforts to combat opioid addiction in West Virginia, meeting privately with local politicians and representatives from groups including an addition centre and helpline.

Mr Heyman had been interviewing protesters outside before their arrival and said he was not informed that he was in the wrong place, while wearing a Capitol press pass and shirt bearing his employer’s logo.

So, in America they are arresting them for asking questions and over here we have a PM who demands to know the questions beforehand and only answers those she likes..
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Post by Irn Bru on Thu May 11, 2017 9:42 am

Absolutely true about our very own PM. Says she's for the people but refuses to meet with them. So unlike Jeremy Corbyn who is out there meeting the people on the streets every day. No doubt Theresa will be on the phone to Donald telling him he is quite right. Who do these people think they are? Remember the trade deal Donald and the promise to put us top of the list. Laughing
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