Earlier this week, the National Press Club alleged that security guards ‘manhandled’ a journalist after attempting to ask FCC commissioners a question following a press conference. Now, two senators have written a letter to FCCChairman Ajit Pai, asking for a formal explanation.
In the letter, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) point out that the FCC sets an example when it comes to supporting the first amendment, and that they were disturbed by reports of the incident.
“Yesterday’s incident at the FCC is not an isolated one and seems to be a part of a larger pattern of hostility towards the press characteristic of this Administration,” they wrote. The pair requested a response by Friday, May 26th, asking for Pai’s…
The National Press Club alleged in a statement today that FCC security “manhandled” a journalist after he attempted to ask a question.
According to the statement, CQ Roll Call reporter John Donnelly questioned FCC commissioners after a press conference. When he approached Commissioner Michael O’Rielly with a question, the statement alleges, “two guards pinned Donnelly against the wall with the backs of their bodies until O’Rielly had passed.”
“One of the guards, Frederick Bucher, asked Donnelly why he had not posed his question during the press conference,” the statement continues. “Then Bucher proceeded to force Donnelly to leave the building entirely under implied threat of force.”