Karnataka assembly speaker forms house committe to rein in 'irresponsible' media

The assembly spent most of the time in bashing the media especially when members sought a brief discussion on issues of public importance under a rule of the constitution.

Members of the Karnataka assembly spent an entire day debating on how the media including the print and the broadcast media have been involved in character assassination and extortion while misleading the society with their reportage.

The assembly speaker K. B. Koliwad has announced setting up a house committee to what is called rein in 'irresponsible' and 'arbitrary' media.

This came after legislators across all political parties said that broadcast media is resorting to slander and that there has to be a curb on it.

The lower and the upper house spent most of the time in bashing the media especially when members sought a brief discussion on issues of public importance under a rule of the constitution.

The media went on for most of the day setting aside serious issues of drought and the agitation of anganwadi workers in the state.

Congress MLA N A Haris suggested the formation of a Press Council of Karnataka on the lines of the Press Council of India where aggrieved parties can seek redressal.

JD and Congress leaders said that there should certain restrictions on how the media can report.

Speaker Koliwad has said that the a committee would be constituted within a day or two and would be asked to submit its report within 15 days.

After which, whatever decision would be taken will confirm to the constitution and will not be a violation of the freedom Of speech and expression of the media.

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