Gerry Shih

New Delhi

South Asia

Education: Stanford University, BA

Gerry Shih is the India Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, covering India and neighboring countries. He previously served as China correspondent until 2020, when his Chinese journalist visa was revoked. Before joining the Post in 2018, he reported for the Associated Press from Beijing. He has also covered Silicon Valley’s social media companies for Reuters and northern California for The New York Times.
Latest from Gerry Shih

Modi’s consecration of controversial Hindu temple caps years-long campaign

The destruction of a mosque on the site in Ayodhya, India, triggered deadly religious riots.

January 22, 2024

India targets Apple over its phone hacking notifications

Apple’s warnings to users that it had detected possible efforts to install spyware on iPhones triggered an angry reaction from Indian officials.

December 27, 2023

Covert Indian operation seeks to discredit Modi’s critics in the U.S.

The Disinfo Lab says it aims to uncover anti-India disinformation, but according to three people who worked in the organization or were familiar with its establishment, the group itself is running a secret influence campaign.

December 10, 2023

U.S. prosecutors allege assassination plot of Sikh separatist directed by Indian government employee

The employee, who described himself as “senior field officer” responsible for intelligence, agreed to pay $100,000 to a purported hit man, the federal court filing says.

November 29, 2023

Facing pressure in India, Netflix and Amazon back down on daring films

Hindu nationalists aligned with the BJP government use mass public pressure and the threat of criminal cases to shape or entirely block films produced by Netflix and Amazon, resulting in a culture of self-censorship.

November 20, 2023

Earthquake in Nepal kills at least 157, destroys hundreds of homes

The 5.6-magnitude quake struck late Friday night. Rescue efforts were hobbled by poor roads in the mountainous area. Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi.

November 4, 2023

Apple warns Indian opposition and journalists of state-backed hacking

The government has denied interfering in anyone’s phones but the warning recalls the 2021 allegations that authorities in India used Pegasus surveillance system against opponents.

October 31, 2023

India uses widespread internet blackouts to mask domestic turmoil

Indian officials say tactic is needed to combat unrest and prevent the spread of online rumors. But critics say the measures, more extensive than in any other country, stifle dissent, cover up abuses and impose a heavy toll on ordinary citizens.

October 18, 2023

Indian police raid critical media outlet over alleged China ties

The raids on NewsClick journalists come amid a pattern of government crackdowns against critical media outlets — including the BBC.

October 3, 2023

Inside the vast digital campaign by Hindu nationalists to inflame India

India’s BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and affiliated Hindu nationalist groups have perfected using social media to spread of inflammatory, often false and bigoted material on an industrial scale, earning both envy and condemnation beyond India’s borders.

September 26, 2023