The West Virginia journalist who was arrested after shouting questions last week at Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Tuesday that he’s surprised by the attention his case has received.
Dan Heyman, a Public News Service reporter, published an op-ed in The Washington Post describing his experience after getting arrested for repeatedly questioning Price in the West Virginia State Capitol. Heyman wanted Price to address aspects of proposed health care legislation that would possibly drive up costs for victims of domestic violence. Police accused Heyman of “willful disruption of governmental processes.”
When Heyman was released after spending seven hours in jail, he was surprised to learn that he was at the center of a smoldering national story raising questions about press freedom under President Donald Trump’s administration.