The Press Council of India was established on July 4, 1966, which started its formal functioning from November 16, 1966. Since then every year 16 November is celebrated as National Press Day.
National Press Day 2021
Today is National Press Day. Journalism is considered the fourth pillar of democracy. India is a democracy country. The freedom of the press in India is ensured by the fundamental right to freedom of expression given to Indians in Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. UP CM Yogi Adityanath has congratulated all the journalists by tweeting.
CM Yogi tweeted and wrote – Hearty congratulations to all the journalists on ‘National Press Day’, expressing the insistence on the fairness, independence and high moral standards of the ‘press’, which is called the fourth pillar of democracy. You are the ‘vigilante watchman’ of democracy. I salute the efforts of all of you for the progress of the nation.
लोकतंत्र का चतुर्थ स्तम्भ कहे जाने वाले 'प्रेस' की निष्पक्षता, स्वतंत्रता और उच्च नैतिक मापदंडों के प्रति आग्रह को प्रकट करते 'राष्ट्रीय प्रेस दिवस' की सभी पत्रकार जन को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) November 15, 2021
आप लोकतंत्र के 'सजग प्रहरी' हैं। राष्ट्र की उन्नति हेतु आप सभी के प्रयासों को कोटिशः नमन।
These senior leaders wished National Press Day.
Congratulating Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, wrote on ‘Koo App’, ‘Congratulations to the journalists playing a leading role in building positive public opinion in the country on #National_Press_Day’. The press has played the role of a reliable bridge between the government and the common man while strengthening democratic values. The contribution of the press is important in highlighting the problems and showing the way to the solution.
Manipur Chief Minister N.Biren Singh wrote on ‘Koo’ (Koo App), ‘On this auspicious day of #NationalPressDay, I congratulate the media fraternity across the country. I salute his commitment and contribution in making India a vibrant democracy. I will be attending the National Press Day observation and a workshop today.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur wrote on ‘Koo App’, Hearty congratulations to all the media representatives on ‘National Press Day’. Media is doing commendable work as the fourth pillar of democracy. We believe that the media will continue to act as a bridge between the government and the public, including publishing news of the interests of the society.
Why is National Press Day celebrated?
The main objective of celebrating this day is to spread awareness about the importance of freedom of the press. Also, this day talks about the commitment to uphold and respect the freedom of expression. This day, which warns the world about the importance of freedom of the press, shows that the media plays an important role in protecting and restoring the values of democracy.
First Press Commission A Press Council was conceived with the aim of protecting India’s freedom of press and setting high ideals in journalism. As a result, the Press Council of India was established on July 4, 1966, which started its formal functioning from November 16, 1966. Since then every year 16 November is celebrated as National Press Day.
Because of this, governments should also ensure the safety of journalists. Whereas in the present time, due to the lack of security of journalists, the news of the murder of journalists is seen in the headlines of the newspaper every day. Which is a matter of shame for the civilized society.