‘Dear Sir, I’m from Patna. I’ve 40 stings with me’

CNN’s policy guidelines on “sting” operations are clear. The information or evidence to be gathered by a hidden camera should significantly contribute to a story that is of substantial value to society or of vital public interest. The expectation of illegal behaviour or wrongdoing should be strong. Before using a hidden camera a journalist must first try and exhaust alternatives for obtaining the interview or information. And, all hidden camera shoots must have the prior approval of the senior news management and, if required, the permission of the federal authorities.

But Rajdeep Sardesai received an SMS a few weeks ago which read, “Dear sir, I am from Patna. I have more than 40 stings with me. Meet me once, you will not be disappointed. Trust me, together we will create a tehelka!”

How did the CNN-IBN editor-in-chief respond?: Sting in the tale


  1. i think the sting operaation has been used as the prestige by the media . its has just became the medium for the entertainment for the people.

  2. vyomkesh

    Why do a journalist has to wait till the management has to give an approval for a sting operation…? Sometimes things just happen in a flash. So, a sting should be painful and long-term

  3. Who is going to verify that Rajdeep indeed received an sms, allegedly from Patna? To me it appears one more attempt to sully Bihar and Patna by the champion bihar hater Rajdeep Sardesai as journalists are under attack due to false stings

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