‘India’s Free Media?’ ; A talk with Siddharth Varadarajan


The one day ban of NDTV by the government earlier this month has brought to the fore many important questions – is our media free from censorship? Can they publish news that questions the government? Who really controls the media?

Let’s debate and discuss these burning questions with one of the top journalists of our country, Founder and Editor of The Wire, Siddharth Varadarajan.


Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, and has worked at the Times of India. He is the recipient of several awards including the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year (2010) and the Bernardo O’Higgins Order by the President of Chile (2006).Mr. Varadarajan graduated from LSE and Columbia University. He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University. He has edited the book The Making of a Tragedy, that contains accounts of violence against Muslims in Gujarat.

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