Cobra Post Sting exposes Media-Hindutva Nexus
Cobra Post and its intrepid journalists, particularly Pushp Sharma and Anirudh Behl, conducted daring sting operation on some of the biggest media houses in the country. They have exposed on camera the enormous greed of the media barons, who are ready to promote the Hindutva agenda of the BJP in the run up to the 2019 elections, at a fat price. The Cobra Post investigated both newspaper owners and TV honchos, including owners of regional language media, in this explosive series of stings and found them open to such ‘bribery’.
It is a matter of extreme concern that the media barons’ are willing to sell news space and influence election outcomes. This is a dangerous trend that destroys the credibility of the media and undermines the very foundations of democracy. The phrase ‘bikau media’ has gained currency because crony capitalists allied with certain political parties have through market manipulations bought up many television channels and other media. Media monopolies open the doorway to political oligarchies.
Many have long warned of the dangers of unbridled cross-media holdings and demanded that the recommendations of the TRAI report on this issue be implemented to curb the power and outreach of corporate media houses.