Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare apologised to media for misbehaviour by his supporters at the ongoing fast venue Jantar Mantar. He appealed to his supporters to protest in a non-violent way.
Anna said this is wrong to blame media. "I will stop agitation if such incidents happen in future. Media and we have to work together to strengthen democracy. I request all not to misbehave to media from next time. I regret the misbehaviour with media persons", he said today.
Arvind Kejriwal, a key member of Team Anna, said that media will not be blamed. He apologised to media condemning the attack yesterday. He requested the Team Anna's supporters not to misbehave with media persons at fast venue.
Team Anna's apology came a day after media persons were heckled at Jantar Mantar by the supporters of anti-corruption movement following the civil society group accused media houses of covering biased story of their fast against graft.
Reacting to the incident the Broadcast Editors' Association demanded an apology from Team Anna for attack on media.
The media association strongly condemned Team Anna after senior member Shanti Bushan on the second day of Anna Hazare's fast on Monday accused media houses of bias.
"Media is manipulating reality here for the sake of their TRPs. Channel owners are not showing the reality," Shanti Bhushan said. Following the charge, scores of Anna supporters started heckling media persons gathered at Jantar Mantar for the coverage.
The Broadcast Editors' Association sought an immediate apology from Team Anna for their misbehaviour towards media persons at the fast venue. "We strongly condemn the attack on media by Anna supporters. The BEA believes that this is interference in the functioning of the media. The media is discharging its legitimate duty of covering the agitation in a fair manner, the association said.
This is an unfortunate that media was attacked by the civil society group. Following provocative speeches against policemen, Team Anna targeted media, which had built a massive support for them in past for Lokpal Bill.