Reporter says he was roughed up by security guards at FCC

Reporter says he was roughed up by security guards at FCC

The National Press Club said that another reporter, Todd Shields of Bloomberg, told Donnelly that Bucher had taken his press pass when he was talking to a protester at an FCC meeting in July.

The National Press Club is filing an objection over what it says is the "manhandling" of a reporter who tried to ask a question of a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

"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", according to a release sent out by the the National Press Club. After cornering Donnelly, the guards inquired why he didn't ask his question during the press conference while O'Rielly was at the podium. Bucher then asked Donnelly to exit the building, with the implication he'd be willing to use force if he didn't oblige, Donnelly said.

"I could not have been less threatening or more polite", Donnelly said in a statement.

The "hearing" was the FCC's public meeting at which O'Rielly and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai voted to launch the rollback of Title II, a move that has inflamed net neutrality activists and helped generate more than 2 million comments to the FCC. The NPC statement notes that while officials don't have to answer, "reporters can ask questions in any area of a public building that is not marked off as restricted to them".

The incident was first reported in a post on the website of the National Press Club, where Donnelly is chairman of the press freedom committee. The agency later apologized and said it restored Shields' credentials. He said, "Donnelly was doing his job and doing it with his characteristic civility".

Donnelly was asked to leave the premises.

After the press conference, Donnelly sought out two FCC officials to ask them questions.

An FCC spokesman told NPR journalist David Folkenflik that they'd apologized to the CQ Roll Call reporter about the incident.

Bucher did not respond to an email request for comment on Friday. I didn't see anyone put a hand on you, " he said. "We're public servants", she said.

Donnelly recalled the incident in an interview with Mic.

"I'm hopeful that this incident and the attention it's gotten has made other agencies sit up and say, 'We don't want this kind of blow-back and we need to train our security people about the 1st Amendment, ' " he said. In recent months, he reportedly urged now-fired FBI Director James Comey to jail reporters who publish leaks, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, caught on a hot mic at a Coast Guard graduation ceremony, jokingly suggested earlier this week that the president could use a saber he received on the press.

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