In a controversial statement, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday, 20 May, said his government is considering introducing a law to ‘control irresponsible reporting’ in the media, especially the electronic media.
According to a report in The Times of India, he revealed the plan for the new law at a book launch organised by the Mysuru Zilla Kannada Sahitya Parishat in Mysuru city.
He criticised the media for ”belittling” politicians on their satire programmes and for doubting the longevity of the JDS-Congress coalition government headed by him.
He claimed that because of the “irresponsible reporting”, especially about politicians whom the media “treat as jokers”, he refused to speak to the media in the past one month.
"“If the chief of a television channel does not have a story good enough, let them close the channel and go home instead of airing false reports and having discussions according to their whims and fancies. This sort of thing is of no use to society or the public. Electronic media earlier had ethics, but now, not many adhere to ethics. They should realise that I have not survived because of favourable reporting, but because of the faith of 6.6 crore people of this state.”" - Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy
He maintained that the media always ignored his good deeds and focused just on false reports. Kumaraswamy also claimed that they did not want to show the woes of people, including severe drought in the state, but were keen on sensational false stories.
“The media does not want to highlight people’s woes, but instead wants to focus on sensational false stories. Do you think the government will keep quiet? The government is mulling a law so that there is some control on irresponsible reporting,” he was quoted in The Times of India.
(With inputs from The Times of India)
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