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Grist: ‘Gasland’ Director Arrested For Filming In Congress
February 3, 2012, 11:11 am
Filed under: News

This is probably not the way for the U.S. to regain our recent huge losses on the Press Freedom Index. Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated (and Emmy-winning) documentary Gasland, was arrested this morning for trying to film a committee meeting about fracking.
The House Science Committee had convened to discuss the EPA’s findings about possible water contamination from fracking in an Ohio town, but evidently they weren’t interested in being recorded. An ABC News crew was turned away from the hearing, and Fox was ejected from the premises and arrested for “unlawful entry.”

Apparently the issue is that Fox doesn’t have appropriate press credentials, although if ABC News also doesn’t have them, one wonders what “appropriate press credentials” look like. Democratic Rep. Brad Miller wanted to toss out all the press credential hoop-jumping, and moved that “the fella who wanted to film for HBO be allowed to film this hearing and that ABC be allowed to film this hearing and all God’s children be allowed to film this hearing until the room is too full for us to conduct our business.” Which is adorable and makes me want to move to North Carolina’s 13th so I can vote for him. But the Republicans shot that down and recessed the hearing, and Fox was led out in handcuffs. He should have told them he was Fox news.

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