Free press is speciality and cornerstone of democracy: Javadekar on National Press Day

NEW DELHI: Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar while wishing National Press Day on Monday said that “free press” is the speciality and cornerstone of our democracy and highlighted the problem of “fake news” as the biggest crisis faced by the media fraternity today, urging journalists to work in the direction to tackle it.
“Free Press is the speciality and foundation of our democracy. National Press Day draws our attention to the freedom of press and responsibilities. Today, the biggest crisis is fake news, journalists should work to tackle it. Best wishes to all journalists,” he tweeted.
The Press Council of India (PCI), a statutory body responsible for governing the conduct of the print media and ensuring freedom of speech, was established on July 4, 1966, by Parliament and officially started working on 16 November of the same year. Since then, the day is celebrated as the National Press Day.