"Restoring Internet Freedom" "Reporter manhandled by FCC guards because he asked question... Security guards at the Federal Communications Commission headquarters here manhandled a well-regarded reporter at a public hearing today [The Net-Neutrality Meeting] and forced him to leave the premises after he had tried to politely ask questions of FCC commissioners. The reporter, John M. Donnelly of CQ Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist...He has chaired the NPC [The National Press Club] Board of Governors and formerly served on the Standing Committee of Correspondents in the U.S. Congress, which credentials the Washington press corps. Donnelly said he ran afoul of plainclothes security personnel at the FCC when he tried to ask commissioners questions when they were not in front of the podium at a scheduled press conference.. When Donnelly strolled in an unthreatening way toward FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to pose a question, two guards pinned Donnelly against the wall with the backs of their bodies until O’Rielly had passed. O’Rielly witnessed this and continued walking... ...he continuously displayed his congressional press pass and held a tape recorder and notepad... The guard then made him leave the building under implied threat of force... Reporters can ask questions in any area of a public building that is not marked off as restricted to them. Officials who are fielding the questions don’t have to answer..." http://www.press.org/news-multimedia/news/reporter-manhandled-fcc-guards-because-he-asked-question "...Seeking to question officials after news conferences is standard practice for journalists in Washington..." https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-eject-him-from-meeting-for-asking-questions/ You know you are in trouble when freedom of the press is violently suppressed at The Federal Communications Commission after a meeting in which the FCC issues a rulemaking to restore the freedom of Broadband ISPs.