With the belief gaining ground in some sections that the Anna Hazare movement was fuelled by the media, the government is looking at ways to address the issue by curtailing exaggerations in press reports, sources said.
Government sources said there is a plan to set- up a committee to look into the issue of exaggerations in media reports and playing up of certain events and suggest ways of dealing with the menace without curbing press freedom, reports PTI. The issue figured at Tuesdays meeting of the union Cabinet. Urban Development Minister Kamalnath expressed his opinion on the issue and maintained that some restrictions need to be imposed on media reports to prevent exaggerations, sources said.
Some sections in the government had felt that Anna Hazares agitation at the Ramlila ground was hyped up by the media and the euphoria around the issue was a result of the extensive coverage given to it. This had created an undue pressure on the government.
It had also prevented criticism of some of the wrongs committed by a section of the crowd, which had engaged in unacceptable behaviour.
In the recent past, there have been other instances where media reports have created a hype over certain events, resulting in undue pressure on the government and people being misled by the report about the real picture.