I promise, this is not about Chris Soules…kind of. It’s about an Iowan news reporter, Elizabeth Amanieh who could be facing contempt of court proceedings. She could be facing incarceration for violating a court order not to take video of Soules during his appearances in court.
This would be the first time in years that prosecutors have pursued contempt of court charges against a journalist in Iowa. KWWL reporter Elizabeth Amanieh, 22, faces up to a $500 fine and 180 days in jail. Prosecutors filed the contempt order on May 1.
Amanieh was able to videotape Soules’ during his April 25 appearance following being arrested for the hit and run accident which killed 66-year-old Vietnam vet Kenneth Mosher. Iowa court rules allow journalists to record video, audio and photographs of hearings as long as they have prior approval. But prosecutors say Judge Linda Fangman told Amanieh that she would only allow photographs. They say that she violated the order by using her cellphone to record the hearing. NBC affiliate KWWL later aired the exclusive recording. Although Soules’s appearance (approximately six minutes) was brief, the video, posted the news station’s website has gained a lot of views.
Amanieh graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2015 and started working at KWWL in March 2016.
Written by Rhonda
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