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Free press is cornerstone of vibrant democracy: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said a free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. Mr Modi said, government is fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms. Greeting media persons on the occasion of National Press Day, Prime Minister said, may Indian media space be used more and more to showcase the skills, strengths and creativity of 125 crore countrymen.

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

Prime Minister appreciated the hard work of Indian media, especially the reporters and camera persons, who tirelessly work on the ground and bring forth 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 a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintain high standards and is not fettered by any influence or threats.

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