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They named it ‘Operation 136’- Cobraposts’s latest investigative report which alleged some media houses agreed to show/publish/polarize the news by their contents which will be paid of course!
What’s Operation 136?
Operation 136 derives its name from 2017 World Press Freedom Index where India stands on the rank of 136 in press freedom. In this Cobrapost journalist executed this operation posed as Acharya Atal, who introduced himself in some of the meetings as belonging to an Ashram in Ujjain and in others as representing some Shrimad Bhagvad Gita Prachar Samiti.
Not only that he bluffed that they’re having a budget of Rs. 742 crore for Karnataka elections alone, he tells them that in the last general elections the Sangathan had spent about Rs. 8,000 crore and the budget for the coming general elections would be much more than the previous elections, to help the party return to power in 2019 again.
In the first part of Operation 136, Cobrapost reproduce the excerpts of interactions that Sharma had with India TV, Dainik Jagran, Hindi Khabar, SAB TV, DNA (Daily News and Analysis), Amar Ujala, UNI, 9X Tashan, Samachar Plus, HNN 24*7, Punjab Kesari, Swatantra Bharat, ScoopWhoop, Rediff.com, IndiaWatch, Aj and Sadhna Prime News.
In a report published in TLI, it has mentioned that
Sanjay Gupta, Chief Editor of Dainik Jagran and CEO of Jagran Prakashan Limited, denied the allegations and said Sanjay Pratap Singh, Area Manager of Dainik Jagran for Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, who made the claims to the undercover reporters had no authority to “commit such a thing.” After verifying the authenticity of the video, if the allegations are proven to be true, “action will be taken against” Singh, he said.
Aniruddha Bahal, the Editor-in-Chief of Cobrapost, said this was the first part of a two-part series. The second part of the investigation will be released in April.
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