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Editors' body urges EC to inquire into Cobrapost's 'sting'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The All India Newspaper Editors' Conference (AINEC) today asked the (EC) to inquire thoroughly the matter related to Cobrapost's sting operation in which some media houses allegedly showed willingness "to influence electoral outcome for a price".

We are neither aware of its correctness nor represent either side but the story on the face of it cannot be ignored. It is essential to go to the bottom of the contents to ascertain its veracity for the purity of electoral process and survival of democracy, said in a letter to O P Rawat.

If the story is correct, he said "it would lead to destruction of democratic polity" but if not, it would be no less damaging.

Eventually the matter must be inquired into thoroughly as the elections are conducted under your direction, superintendence and control, he added.

Gupta said it is considered appropriate that the EC may take stock of situation and get the matter investigated thoroughly to ascertain the truth and take future necessary action as may be required.

website 'Cobrapost' had come with a sting alleging that some media organisations' representatives were willing to publicise some "agenda" for revenue.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 20:35 IST