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Cobrapost Exposes PayTm and media houses

Investigative journalism media firm Cobrapost exposed some media houses in their Operation 136 , Cobrapost first reported how some media houses were prepared to strike business deals to promote the Hindutva agenda and help polarize voters in the run up to the 2019 elections. Read the full story below.

Cobrapost Exposes PayTm and media houses 
New Delhi Cobrapost is a reputed and a respected media house which deals with investigative journalism, and the members or journalists in this production house have won many international awards. Cobrapost conducts sting operations and exposes the truth. 
Two months ago Cobrapost exposed some media houses in their Operation 136 , Cobrapost first reported how some media houses were prepared to strike business deals to promote the Hindutva agenda and help polarize voters in the run up to the 2019 elections. A couple of days ago the website has released a second batch of video recordings shot surreptitiously by an undercover reporter that shows managers and owners of some of the largest newspapers and TV channels and companies like PayTm succumbing to the same package of Hindutva advertorials. 
The sting involves 22 media houses and newspapers combined, it is reported that only two Bengali newspapers Barataman and Dainik Sambad refused the proposal. 
Cobrapost said on Friday that the recordings it made showed how some two dozen news organizations were willing to not only cause communal disharmony among the citizens but also tilt the electoral outcome in favor of a particular party for a price. Not only media houses but also PayTm agreed to the proposition, it was also revealed in the sting that PayTm officials have shared data to the PMO on request. Reportedly, 200 million of Indians use PayTm. 
The sting video was essentially a recording of a conversation an undercover reporter posing as a Hindutva activist had with Ajay Shekhar Sharma, a senior vice-president at the digital payments company. Sharma claimed that the firm was asked by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to share the personal data of their users in Kashmir. 
After the sting video PayTm tweeted and refused the truth in Cobrapost’s video. 
This scandal has exposed the truth of the media houses, news channels and newspapers of the country that are willing to defame politicians at the risk of causing communal violence in the homeland. India’s largest financial daily, the Economic Times (ET), published a story on Friday summarizing the outcome of a sting operation that investigative website Cobrapost had run on a senior PayTm official but the story was pulled down hours later and not found on the website because the sting exposed them too. 
In another of the Cobrapost’s sting videos, Times Group owner and managing director Vineet Jain, can be seen discussing a proposed Rs 500 crore deal for content that would help promote Hindutva and its political agenda. Jain is also heard discussing how a part of the payment could be made in cash. 
The undercover investigation covered Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar, Zee News, Star India, ABP, Dainik Jagran, Radio One, Suvarna News, Red FM, Lokmat, ABN, Andhra Jyothy, TV5, Dinamalar, Big FM, Prabhat Khabar, K News, India Voice, the New Indian Express, MVTV and OPEN magazine.
Cobrapost editor Aniruddha Bahal had said that even his undercover journalists were left surprised by what they discovered that media houses were willing to accept their offer for money. 
This is what he said; 
“To our utter shock most of them not only agreed to do what he asked for but also suggested myriad ways for undertaking a well-orchestrated, overtly communal media campaign on behalf of their prospective big-ticket client.” 
The only question here arises is that, Why is our media sold out so easily? 
  
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Sandeep Semwal
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