November 16, 2016: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the commemoration event of the National Press Day at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. Here’s what the PM said:
Freedom of speech
External control does not help in upholding freedom of expression. The press is responsible for upholding free-speech.
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Government should not do any interference. It is true that self-introspection is not easy. It is the responsibility of the PCI and those associated with the press to see to it that what appropriate changes you can make with time. Things do not change from external control.
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Media During the time of Emergency
We remember how the Press Council ceased to exist during the Emergency. Things normalised after Morarji Bhai became the PM.
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On external intervention in media
Mahatma Gandhi had said uncontrolled writing can create huge problems but he had also said that external interference would wreak havoc. Controlling it (media) externally cannot be imagined.
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On Journalists losing their lives
Any death is worrisome, but journalists losing their lives just because they are highlighting the truth become even more serious.
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