The Wire (thewire.in) is a news website published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ), a non-profit Indiancompany. It was founded in 2015 by editors Siddharth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia, and MK Venu, who also initially funded the site. The Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) has provided The Wire with funding as well, and at least some of the website’s articles have been written pro-bono. It is one of the latest publication houses to venture into the untapped Urdumarket.
The Wire‘s coverage principally focuses on the topics of “politics, foreign policy, political economy, science and development”, according to an article published on Livemint.com. Founding editor Varadarajan claims that the publication was created as a “platform for independent journalism”, 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.