The Wire (Indian web publication)

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The Wire
Type of site
Journalism, News, Analysis
Available in English, Hindi, Urdu
Headquarters First Floor, 13, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Owner Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ)
Editor Siddharth Varadarajan, etc.
Alexa rank Increase 950 [1] (India, October 2017)
Commercial No
Launched May 11, 2015; 2 years ago

The Wire ( is a news website published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ), a non-profit Indian company.[2][3] It was founded in 2015 by editors Siddharth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia, and MK Venu,[4] who initially funded the site also.[3] The Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) has provided The Wire with funding as well,[3][5] and at least some of the website’s articles have been written pro-bono.[6] It is one of the latest publication house to venture into the untapped Urdu Market

The Wire’s coverage principally focuses on the topics of “politics, foreign policy, political economy, science and development”, according to an article published on[6] Founding editor Varadarajan claims that the publication was created as a “platform for independent journalism”,[6] and that its non-corporate structure and funding sources aim to free it from the “commercial and political pressures” that supposedly afflict mainstream Indian news outlets.[6][7][8]

Context and reception

A story published in the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) in late 2016 identified The Wire as one of several independent and recently founded internet-based media platforms - a group that also included, The News Minute, and ScoopWhoop - that were attempting to challenge the dominance of India’s traditional print and television news companies and their online offshoots.[7]

Controversies and criticism

In 2015, Siddharth Varadarajan started thewire, after his removal from his position as editor at The Hindu: thus The Wire’s founding is construed as a result of, and reaction to, a political environment that has discouraged dissent against the present Indian ruling BJP party.[7]

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a BJP MP accuse

Indian Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and venture capitalist Rajeev Chandrasekhar accused The Wire of conspiring against him with the country’s main opposition, the Congress Party, after the website published two articles suggesting that Chandrasekhar's major investments in the Indian media and defense industries might represent conflicts of interest with his role as a legislator.[9][10] Chandrasekhar subsequently filed suit in a Banglore civil court, alleging that The Wire’s coverage of him was defamatory.[9] On March 2, 2017 the court passed an ex-parte injunction, ordering The Wire to block access to the two allegedly defamatory articles: Arnab's Republic, Modi's Ideology by Sandeep Bushan and In Whose Interests Do Our Soldiers March? by Sachin Rao.[9][10] Though The Wire removed both articles from its site, it has decided to challenge the court order.[9][10]

BJP chief Amit Shah’s son files criminal defamation case

BJP chief Amit Shah’s son filed a criminal defamation case against the editors of news website ‘The Wire’, which had in an article 'The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah' which highlighted Jay Shah’s business dealings.[11] There were many glaring errors and innuendoes in the article, which were reported within hours of the article being published.[12]

Jay filed the case in court 13 of the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate against four editors/reporters of ‘The Wire’. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate SK Gadhvi ordered a court inquiry into the matter under CrPC section 202 (to inquire into the case to decide whether or not there is sufficient ground for.[13]

Observing that “prima facie it seems there is a case” against The Wire for its “defamatory” article against BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay, a metropolitan court issued summons to the reporter of the article and editors of the website to appear before it on November 13 in the criminal defamation case filed against them.The order also mentions Jay’s contention that “the news portal didn’t give enough time to him to send his response, the article didn’t include the loss incurred by his company in the year 2015-2016, and created confusion over the turnover to defame him.”[14]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. 
  2. ^ Staff, The Wire. "How The Wire is Funded - The Wire". Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b c Kohli-Khandekar, Vanita (2015-11-02). "Online portals seek a new face of journalism". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  4. ^ "About Us - The Wire". Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  5. ^ "IPSMF | The Independent and Public-Spirited (IPS) Media Foundation". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  6. ^ a b c d Choudhary, Vidhi (8 May 2015). "Former editor of 'The Hindu' to launch news website". Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "Can the digital revolution save Indian journalism?". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against 'The Wire'". 9 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017 – via The Economic Times. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Rajeev Chandrasekhar Says He's Fighting A Congress-Media Conspiracy". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  10. ^ a b c Staff, Scroll. "In highly unusual move, Bengaluru court orders The Wire to remove articles on Rajeev Chandrasekhar". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  11. ^ PTI (9 October 2017). "Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against 'The Wire'". Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Jay Amit Shah story: Low on Facts, High on innuendo". 
  13. ^ "Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against 'The Wire'". 9 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017 – via The Economic Times. 
  14. ^ "Jay Shah defamation case: Citing prima facie case, court summons reporter, editors". 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via The Indian Express. 
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