India's media stung by news-for-cash scandal

File photo showing a Bharatiya Janata Party celebration event in Bangalore, on May 15, 2018.
File photo showing a Bharatiya Janata Party celebration event in Bangalore, on May 15, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

But targets deny wrongdoing, claim videos were doctored

An undercover sting by a small news organisation, which found that many major Indian media outlets appeared ready to accept financial payment in return for publishing propaganda in favour of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has exposed some major ethical issues.

Mr Pushp Sharma, a reporter from Cobrapost - a non-profit news website and television production house - posed as a Hindu nationalist to meet owners and marketing executives of over two dozen major news organisations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'India's media stung by news-for-cash scandal'. Print Edition | Subscribe