AUSTIN (INTELLIHUB) — Citizen journalist Amy Hedtke was arrested on March 22 after she was unlawfully removed from the Capitol building for filming a State Affairs Committee meeting then charged with a trespass.
“State law says that I have the right to be here. That announcement violates state law, it violates my right to be here and record with a video camera,” the brave journalist told officials who detained her.
Her argument stemmed from a sign on display inside the Capitol building which read:
Only those with Capitol media credentials will be permitted to film or record this hearing.
“There’s a nifty little sign behind me outside the hearing room that says only those with Capitol media credentials are going to be allowed to stream and record,” Hedtke said while filming the sign just before being detained.
“State law says that open meetings, you cannot prohibit attendees from recording,” she said.
According to Texas law, Section 551.023, Recording of Meeting by Person in Attendance:
A person in attendance may record all or any part of an open meeting of a governmental body by means of a recorder, video camera, or other means of aural or visual reproduction.
So any way you slice it, Hedtke’s arrest was unlawful.
Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe reports: