N.C. Senate official confiscates reporter's recorder


The sergeant-at-arms office in the North Carolina Senate confiscated a reporter's recorder after a senator requested any such devices "be approved," Mark Binker reports for WRAL. Rosemary Hoban, a reporter for North Carolina Health News, was covering a committee meeting when she "noticed that her recorder, which she had placed on a side table, was missing," Binker writes.

The senator, Rick Gunn, "could not cite a building rule or law that would have justified his announcement," which Binker says violates the state's open-meetings law. Gunn "walked away" when asked a follow-up question. Hoban "had to leave the meeting to retrieve her recorder," Binker reports.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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