Broadcast Editors' Association condemns scuffle between Hazare supporters and mediapersons, seeks a
New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): As the indefinite hunger strike by anti graft crusader Anna Hazare entered into its third day on Tuesday, the Broadcast Editors' Association (BEA) has demanded an apology from Team Anna after the latter's supporters heckled media persons on Monday evening at Jantar Mantar.
According to TV reports, the incident took place late last night, when Team Anna supporters entered into an argument with mediapersons covering their hunger-strike.
They hurled abuses and raised anti-media slogans after Team Anna member Shanti Bhushan alleged that the media was not projecting their protest in right light.
"Media is manipulating reality here for the sake of their TRPs. Channel owners are not showing the reality," Bhushan said.
"The Broadcast Editors' Association strongly condemns attack on media by Anna supporters. The BEA believes that this is an interference in the functioning of media.
The media is discharging its legitimate duty of covering the agitation in a fair manner. The BEA seeks an immediate apology from Team Anna for the misbehaviour by its supporters," a press release by the BEA said.
Hazare began his indefinite fast against corruption on Sunday by joining Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai - who have been fasting since July 25.
Team Anna has demanded the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of retired judges of Supreme and High Courts, to probe charges of corruption against 15 cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister.
They have also sought the transferring of cases against political party chiefs, which are being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the SIT, in addition to setting up fast track courts to dispose of cases against lawmakers within six months. (ANI)
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