Major media houses in India ready to push communal agenda in lieu of money, reveals Cobrapost
DELHI: Major media houses in the country were found ready to peddle communal and divisive agenda in lieu of money.
The senior officials of over two dozen newspapers and TV channels agreed to run campaigns and carry (air) content that could cause communal disharmony in the society.
This has been revealed in CobraPost's sting 'Operation 136'. The video recordings by hidden camera were released on Friday. Notably, 136 refers to India's rank in press freedom in the world.
CobraPost claims that the media houses that agreed to run these campaigns include Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, Zee News, Network 18, Star India, ABP News, Dainik Jagaran, The New Indian Express, MVTV and Open magazine.
Radio One, Red FM, Lokmat, ABN Andhra Jyothy, TV5, Dinamalar, Big FM, K News, India Voice were also ready to run these campaigns, it further claims. However, Open has taken action against the staff in this regard. Several other groups have denied the allegations.
Interestingly, two groups--Bengal based Bartaman Patrika and Dainik Sambad, refused to be part of it.
However, the representatives of most of the other media houses were ready to promote Hindutva through customized religoius programmes, and later promote speeches of hardline leaders, before targeting opposition leaders.
Investigative journo Pushp Sharma approached the media houses and found that the owners or senior officials were more than willing to run the content that could polarize society.
The complete findings and revealations about the sting are available on CobraPost website