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Sting operations not morally healthy: Dr Koshy

US JOURNALIST-turned-education councillor Dr Koshy feels that sting operations are ?not morally healthy? and should be restricted to the domain of investigating agencies only.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 01:03 IST

US JOURNALIST-turned-education councillor Dr Koshy feels that sting operations are ‘not morally healthy’ and should be restricted to the domain of investigating agencies only.

“True journalism entails interviews without any concealment. Such operations (sting) sometimes spawn fraud,” he remarked while talking to Hindustan Times.

He said, in the West, because of the lack of corruption and bribe, the journalists don’t have to resort to sting operations. In India, this could be necessary because corruption and bribery is a way of life even among politicians.

However, Dr Koshy was all praise for growth of Indian journalism, saying it has made great strides in analysis and feature writing.

“Despite infrastructural impediment it is good to see newspapers in India coming out in every regional language. This has expanded reach of the news down to the grassroots level,” he pointed out.

Dr Koshy has done doctorate in mass communication from T S I Newhouse Communication Centre, Syracuse University which is among top five schools of journalism in the USA.

Dr Koshy is now engaged in counselling students who wish to go to the Syracuse University for higher studies. He will deliver a lecture on interpersonal communication at Makhanlal University of Journalism on Friday.

On his role, he explained that as a journalist and an international communicator, he is using his expertise to build bridges of relationships across cultural, national and linguistic barriers.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 01:03 IST