'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans (UPDATES) Fox did not have formal Capitol Hill credentials, but such formalities are rarely enforced against high-profile journalists. Temporary passes are easy to obtain, and if Republicans had objected on procedural grounds, they could have simply sent the the crew to the front desk, rather than ordering police to arrest journalists. The right to a free press is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Documentary crews are almost never denied access to public meetings of elected government officials. A separate ABC News crew, which did have official Capitol Hill credentials, was also denied access to the public hearing.