Free and vibrant press vital for democracy: PM Modi

RSTV Bureau

On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed unwavering support to the freedom of the media, saying it is essential in democracy.

Modi at Basava Jayanthi 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a series of tweets, The PM Prime Minister Modi said it is a day to reiterate our unwavering support towards a free and vibrant press, which is vital in a democracy.

“In today’s day & age, social media has emerged as an active medium of engagement & has added more vigour to press freedom,” the prime minister said.

Prime Minister spoke of the freedom of the press in November last year too, when he addressed the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Press Council.

“The press is responsible for upholding free-speech. The government should not have any interference in the working of the media.” He, however, added that there must be limits.

United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the World Press Freedom Day in 1993 to pay tribute journalists who lost their lives while working.