associate sponsors


PM Narendra Modi on National Press Day: External influence on media not good for society

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke at the commemoration event of the National Press Day in Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi, where he stressed the importance of the freedom of press.

Addressing journalists, he said, "The press is responsible for upholding free speech. The government should not have any interference in the working of the media."

He stressed that external influence on press is not good for society. Remembering the emergency days when Indira Gandhi was prime minister, he said, "We remember how the press council ceased to exist during the Emergency. Things normalised after Morarji Bhai became prime minister."

He said, "Press can play a key role in informing the government. This new environment can provide strength to the nation. Competition (with other nations) can also help in the development of the nation. India is not limited to the pages of the newspaper or what they show on television."

Mentioning the increasing number of in the killings of journalists, he said, "Any death is worrisome, but journalists losing their lives just because they try showing the truth, it becomes even more serious then."

He congratulated the press at the end of his speech.

Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of State for I&B Rajayvardhan Singh Rathore were also present at the event.

The Press Council of India (PCI) conferred excellence in journalism awards, including 'Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award' to veteran journalist S Nihal Singh.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Nov 16, 2016 17:07 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See