Free press is cornerstone of vibrant democracy, India’s Prime Minister Modi says

In India, on the occasion of National Press Day, greeting media persons on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said a free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy and the government is fully committed to upholding freedom of press  and expression of all forms, saying many Indian media spaces can be used more and more to showcase the skills, strength and creativity of 125 crore countrymen.

Prime Minister Modi said the role of the media in giving voices to the voiceless is commendable , saying over the last three years, the media has added great strength to ‘Swach Bharat Mission’ effectively furthering the message of cleanliness. In this day and age, we are seeing the rise of social media and news being consumed  through mobile phones and these advancements will further the reach of media and make the media space even more democratic and participative.

Prime Minister Modi appreciated the hard work of Indian media, especially the reporters and camera persons, who tirelessly work on the ground and bring various news that shapes national as well as global discourse.

The National Press Day is observed on 16th November every year. It was on this day the Press Council of India started functioning in 1956, as moral watchdog to ensure that press maintain high standards and is not fettered by any influence or threats, news report said.