FURIOUS fortune-tellers claimed yesterday the Government was discriminating against them - but admitted that they had not foreseen that their activities would cause such problems. Following concerns raised by Legislative Councillors this week, Recreation and Culture Branch officials promised to take steps to ensure that people are not distressed by clairvoyants appearing on television. But soothsayers claim the legislators know little about their profession and have no right to criticise them. Concern about the possible public anxiety rose after clairvoyants appeared on television programmes commenting on a controversial television advertisement for the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Many people believe ghosts of dead children had appeared on the advertisements. The Principal Assistant Secretary for Broadcasting, Mr Peter Harrison, said the Information Services Department would be asked to look into the need for a television announcement of public interest. ''At present there are provisions in the television codes of practice restricting materials likely to mislead, alarm, or be injurious to community well-being,'' he said. Fortune-tellers admitted they had not foreseen that a controversy would develop over the issue. But some predicted the prevailing dispute could be resolved without doing any harm to their businesses because the current Year of Rooster was a year of harmony. A popular fortune-teller at Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mr Yip Shun, said officials should not intervene in his profession because they did not have the expertise in fortune-telling. ''We have read a lot of books and followed masters to learn fung shui or fortune-telling. Only those who know nothing about it say it is superstition,'' he said. Fortune-teller and astrologer Mr Wong Chun-yue suggested that experienced fortune-tellers be invited to appear on television to ensure comprehensive and accurate interpretations. Mr Wong said astrology was a science and could be educational. No controls were needed. A long-term practitioner of palmistry and fung shui, Mr Pau Kwai-fu, said there was no question of misleading or alarming the public. ''Some people cannot catch the true meanings of a fortune-teller's interpretation and say he is misleading.'' Legislator Mr Tik Chi-yuen said: ''A mass medium like television can have an unimaginably big effect on the public. ''Programmes which may lead to public anxiety or which may have an adverse effect on society should be controlled strictly.''