Theresa Hogan was not a politician.
She was a reporter for The Hindu, the daily’s flagship news portal.
Hogan was a well-known figure on the Indian political scene, having served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper between 2010 and 2017.
She has been called a ‘toxic’ media personality, and has been accused of making ‘fake news’ to suit her own agenda.
In the wake of the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to revoke the licence of The Hindu and its editor-on-office, Virender Sharma, the tabloid was accused of peddling “fake news” to suit its own agenda, the media watchdog said on Friday.
“The government’s move has not been approved by the media licensing board,” said an official statement issued by the Media Regulatory Authority of India (MRAI) in the wake for a decision to suspend Sharma.
“This action was taken without consultation with the press and media,” the MRAI said.
The MRAII, the national media regulator, said the decision to withdraw Sharma’s licence “cannot be taken lightly”.
“This is a serious violation of the public interest and the freedom of expression,” the regulator said in a statement.
“If Sharma is still permitted to work in the future, this will not be possible.
It is important that he be made accountable for his actions and we call on the media to ensure that no such actions occur in the name of news.”
The MVAI said the regulator’s decision was taken following a detailed investigation.
The suspension of Sharma was a “complete blow” to the news media, said Naveen Kumar, the president of the National Press Club of India.
“It’s not surprising that this was done after a year of serious investigation,” Kumar said.
“They have been caught out by this.
They’ve been caught red-handed.”
Hogan, a former chief news editor at The Hindu newspaper, has been described as “one of India’s most respected reporters”, having worked for the newspaper for 10 years.
She left the newspaper in 2016 to run a newspaper-turned-blog called The People’s Voice, which covers social and political issues, including those relating to politics and religion.
She joined the news portal after working as an assistant editor for The Times of India in New Delhi for four years.