Aniruddha Bahal is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cobrapost, an Indian news website and television production house. Previously, he has worked for India Today, Outlook, Down to Earth and Financial Express among other publications. He also co-founded Tehelka. While at Tehelka, Bahal conceived and carried out an undercover investigative operation which caught members of Indian Cricket Team accepting bribes to throw matches on camera. It resulted in a series of articles on match fixing in Indian Cricket, which were eventually published as a book - Fallen Heroes. Bahal is also known for his part in Operation West End, another undercover investigative operation.
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Brexit and the Trump election have brought home to the West the dangers of disinformation and propaganda in the digital age. But the daily manipulation of the truth is an old story to journalists where stories are routinely sold to the highest bidder or spun by armies of government-backed trolls. Here are three reporters on the frontlines, from Craig Silverman's groundbreaking reports in Buzzfeed of fake news, to Chay Hofilena's heroic work at Rappler against Duterte's trolls in the Philippines, to Aniruddha Bahal's exposé at Cobrapost of Indian media taking payoffs.