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Sting operations should be banned: A former DGP
Sting operations should be banned immediately as it is being misused widely by media and not serving its real purpose, said Sharat Mishra, former Director General of Odisha Police, while speaking in a national seminar on ‘Media and Governance’ conducted by Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal and Bhubaneswar chapter of Indian Institute of Public Administration.

“Sting is mostly being used to serve their own purpose and to blackmail trapped people. It should be immediately banned”, said Mishra.

He said without naming that there are some media personnel who use sting to earn money. He said that when you will compare their present assets with past one, you will see the difference that how much they have earned within a short span of time.

Bipin Bihari Mishra, who is also former DGP of Odisha and President of IIPA talked about judiciary, media, information and disinformation. He asked media students to believe in honest, truth and credibility saying “power depends on these factors”.

Taking on framed sting operations, he said, “I don’t say that don’t expose corrupt people. It is your duty to expose them. But don’t invade someone’s privacies using sting operation”.

Speaking about the good governance, Sharat Mishra said, “Inclusive economic and social growth and combating corruptions are major factors in good governance. Beside these, transparent and efficient administration and effective judiciary promotes good governance.”

He expressed his concern over the issue that social development is not being given proper attention by the media. Citing the term ‘Vanishing Poor’, he said that development in rural areas mostly go unreported. Though, he appreciated media for promoting good governance by making society open and transparent. He also blamed media for undermining the credibility of the political class and governmental apparatuses.

Dr. Chitra Kanungo, Former Honorary Secretary and Editor of IIPA, who was also present on the occasion, said that public opinion plays an important role in governance but it has never been so crucial in monitoring governance. “Internal vigilance is the price we have to pay for good governance”, said Kanungo.

She talked about how literacy is crucial for good governance. “Statics have shown in India that there is increase food supply in areas where there is higher newspaper circulation. That means where literacy rates are high, that leads to a higher enlighten public opinion that finally leads to good governance”, said Kanungo.

She asked media to be careful while dealing with news and no news as “misreporting, giving into disinformation propaganda may bring a lot of chaos and we want truth and objectivity from them”.

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