Siddharth Varadarajan

INDIA

VICTIM OF “REPRESSION PANDEMIC”


Siddharth Varadarajan, the co-founder and editor of The Wire, an independent Indian news website, was summoned for questioning by the police in response to a complaint by the chief minister of Utter Pradesh, in northern India, for reporting that he attended a religious gathering that did not respect social distancing two days after the start of a nationwide lockdown. Varadarajan told the New York Times at the end of April that the Indian media were the victims of a “pandemic of repression.”