The Wire is an online publishing website from Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ). They are a non-profit organization who publishes stories on politics, foreign policy, science and development, and political economy. The founders emphasize on the fact that they are an independent platform of journalism who are free from any commercial or political pressure.
Recently, while using The Wire, a user pointed out the fact that they are actually asking for funds from the readers for their reports. Here’s the tweet:
Ek hote hain gareeb
Fir aate hain bikhari
Aur fir : pic.twitter.com/SI8U0wsu6q
— Shash (@pokershash) June 1, 2018
Soon another user followed with a similar tweet:
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— Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) June 1, 2018
It wasn’t long before the Twitterati joined in and started pouring their comments. While some of them condemned their act of asking for funds, others raised suspicion on The Wire’s ‘pressure-free’ journalism. This is what they tweeted:
— SubbuS (@Subbu_06) June 1, 2018
The Wire international BHikhari
— Munna (DD) (@phd_in_bakchodi) June 1, 2018
What buying the shit who do that ?
— no one (@SarathSarath4) June 1, 2018
All in the name of : Pay to keep News free!
In bhikariyon ka bhi na hadh ho gayi..
— Nivya (@NivePrasad) June 1, 2018
@thewire_in taar taar hoti dikh rahi hai.. Current aana band to paise maangne shuru…😂😂😂😂😂😂
— नेक Intentionsवाला (@NaithaniSanjay) June 1, 2018
Social media bhikaris
Faking news bhikaris
— sharmajika beta 🚩 (@aneesh_sharma3) June 1, 2018
What do you think about this whole fiasco?