Heaven Mail Bureau
“Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can forego.” Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation had stated this long back. The same spirit can take every country forward in right direction.
Press is the important and integral pillar of vibrant democracy and its great role has been duly recognized in India. National Press Day is observed every year on 16 November to commemorate a free and responsible press. It was on this day that the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintains high standards and is not fettered by any influence or threats.
Rich History And Legacy
National Press has rich history and legacy in India. In 1956, the first Press Commission decided to form a body with statutory authority, meant to fulfill the responsibility of maintaining the ethics of journalism. On November 16, 1966, the PCI was established to monitor the quality of Indian press reporting.
On this day, many eminent personalities took to their Twitter accounts to wish all the journalists. “Warm greetings to the media fraternity on National Press Day! Members of the Fourth Estate, the free press, play a key role in a robust democracy,” tweeted Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India.
The all important message was also given by Anurag Thakur Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting. He tweeted : ”On National Press Day I extend my warm wishes to all mediapersons. It is a day of reaffirmation of our collective commitment to responsible journalism without fear or favour. I look forward to media playing an increasingly constructive role in our democracy. #NationalPressDay2022.”
Formation of Press Council of India
History of National Press Day in India is rooted in formation of Press Council of India. PCI was established by the Parliament On 4 July 1966 with the objective of self-censorship of media houses, so that the dual objective of a ‘Free’ as well as ‘Responsible’ press can be achieved. It took another 4 months for the body to come into operation. The day was 16 November 1966. And this is the reason 16 November is celebrated as National Press Day every year.
Later through the PCI Act of 1978, the organization was given more power and responsibilities.
Faisal Khankashi, a young socio- political activist, stated while talking to Heaven Mail: “The role of press is very important for the peace and progress of our country. We need to ensure that on this National Press Day to take every step that is within our reach for ensuring freedom of press. Media is a constructive bridge between the government and the people. The media is also hope that genuine demands and issues faced by the people will get highlighted in an apt manner. Occasions like National Press Day offer us opportunities to salute the great work of our journalists.”
the people will get highlighted in an apt manner. Occasions like National Press Day offer us opportunities to salute the great work of our journalists