Documentarian arrested for filming public hearing
February 1, 2012 6:21 PM Subscribe
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At the instruction of House Republicans, US Capitol Police arrested Josh Fox
for filming a public hearing—a meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Josh directed Gasland (previously
), a documentary on the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking
, a process used by energy companies which has been linked to causing earthquakes in Arkansas
and other side effects
Ostensibly, Josh had requested permission to film and had been unable to obtain it. Ranking Democrat on the subcommittee Brad Miller can be heard objecting in video of the arrest and later had the following to say: "I was chair of the Subcommittee for four years, and we frequently had people show up the day of a hearing to film,"
Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) told HuffPost. "We asked for their name, but they were told if they would not disrupt the hearing, they were free to record. A couple of times staff said, 'You're getting in the way, don't stand there,' but other than that, I do not ever recall anything like this. We certainly never turned anyone away for not providing 24 hours' notice."