Journalists like India Today's Rajdeep Sardesai, the Hindu's N Ravi, and Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary are among the list of Indians being "monitored" by a Shenzen-based technology company with links to the Chinese government, the Indian Express reports.
The Express had revealed last night that over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations are being monitored as "foreign targets" by Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited.
These include President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief ministers like Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray and Ashok Gehlot, and a host of cabinet ministers, former chiefs of the army, judges, sports figures, bureaucrats and industrialists.
The report says: "Those from the news media named in the list include: N Ravi, who was last week named The Hindu Group chairman; Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary; India Today Group Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai; former media advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office Sanjaya Baru; and The Indian Express Chief Editor Raj Kamal Jha."
Indian Express notes: "Key to the monitoring process is Zhenhua Data’s avowed goal of mining data to push what it calls 'hybrid warfare' — using non-military tools to achieve dominance or damage, subvert or influence. These tools include, in its own words, 'information pollution, perception management and propaganda'."
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