Media is called the fourth pillar of democracy. It is said that journalists are a mirror of society, which brings out the truth even in adverse circumstances. To dedicate, acknowledge and honour the Press Council of India, National Press Day is observed on November 16 every year in India.
National Press Day is the symbol of a free and responsible press in India as Press Council Of India acts as a moral watchdog for media.
It also makes sure that the institution of the press should not be controlled by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.
India in the Constitution provides “the right to freedom of speech and expression”. However, freedom of the press is not specifically mentioned in article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “A free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. We are fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms. May our media space be used more and more to showcase the skills, strengths and creativity of 125 crore Indians.”
Puducherry, Nov 15 (PTI) Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Sunday extended her wishes to the mediapersons on the eve of the National Press Day.