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PM Attends Function To Mark National Press Day


By Doruvu Paul Jagan Babu (IAIJ Journalist – India)





The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi addressing at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad and other dignitaries are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)

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New Delhi (IAIJ): The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi attended a function organized by the Press Council of India on the occasion of National Press Day on Nov 16. The occasion also marks the Golden Jubilee of the Press Council of India.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister emphasized on the importance of freedom of press, and said press should self-regulate, adding that any external interference or regulation on press is not called for.

The Prime Minister expressed concern over the recent killings of journalists in some parts of the country. He said that journalists losing their lives in the quest for telling the truth, is an extremely serious development.

Speaking earlier, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting has said that self-regulation in the media space was the best practice which would uphold journalistic ethics and democratic ideals of the Nation. The Government does not believe in imposing ban on any medium of communication, but necessary restraint has to be exercised keeping in mind the protection of sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the nation and law & order situation in the country.

Elaborating on the responsibility of Media, Mr. Naidu mentioned that electronic media coverage of Mumbai terrorist attacks received backlash from the Supreme Court, which mentioned that “any attempt to justify the conduct of the TV channels by citing the right to freedom of speech and expression would be totally wrong and unacceptable in such a terrorist situation. He also mentioned the recent case of Pathankot coverage also highlighted how electronic media coverage while reporting could put civilians, armed personnel lives to danger.

The Minister while speaking about the role of Regional Media in a diverse country like India, the Minister said the media assumes importance at the regional level due to its proximity with local communities and local language which enhances the participatory potential of citizens. The Regional Media plays an important role in building participatory democracy by reaching out to all the sections of the society and also creates an informed citizenry. In a federal polity, regional media with its reach can help align the interests of States with that of the Nation there by enabling Prime Minister’s vision of Cooperative Federalism.

Regarding the Government’s New Print Media Advertisement Policy, Mr. Naidu said it promotes equity based regional outreach by providing relaxation in empanelment procedure to provide special encouragement for Regional language/Dialects small and medium newspapers.

On the opportunities offered by Social media, the Minister said that it was a new tool of communication which was spontaneous and interactive. Such a medium was both an opportunity and challenge. This mode of communication should be used judiciously for larger national and individual good.

On the future role to be played by the Media, Mr. Naidu said that Media had a larger role to play in developmental agenda of the Nation by proactively projecting flagship programmes of the Government such as Swachh Bharat, Digital India, Jan Dhan Yojana, Skill India and Make in India as National Programmes which has the potential to bring change in the country. Media needed to adorn the role of the stakeholder in the entire developmental process.

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Justice C. K Prasad, Chairman Press Council of India, was also present on the occasion. Eminent journalists and photo- journalists, Mr. Surendra Nihal Singh, Mrs. Mrinal Pande, Mr. Raghu Rai, Mr. Renjith John, Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh, Mr. Xavier Selva Kumar were awarded for excellence in Journalism.






The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu is also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)






The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu lighting the lamp at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad and other dignitaries are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)






The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah addressing at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. (Picture Source: PIB)






The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah conferred the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism, at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)







The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah conferred the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism, at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)






The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah conferred the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism, at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)






The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah conferred the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism, at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)






The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. M. Venkaiah conferred the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism, at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Chairman, Press Council of India, Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad are also seen. (Picture Source: PIB)


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