Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed freedom of Press but said that “unrestrained” criticism of the government needs to be toned down. The PM was speaking at the commemoration event of the National Press Day at Vigyan Bhawan. The PM expressed his grief on the reports of deaths of the journalists on the occasion and called it “serious”. He said that any death is worrisome but journalists losing their lives because they were trying to show the truth is even more serious.
Speaking on the occasion, the PM said that the press is “instrumental in upholding free-speech”. He said that freedom of expression must be maintained but the press should not be controlled from the external sources as it “not good for society”. He further said that even the government should not interfere in the workings of the media but added that it is the responsibility of the press to change appropriately with time.
He said that Referring the Emergency period in India, he said that everyone remembers how the press council ceased to exist during that period of time and the press was silent. Things were normalised after Morarji Bhai (Morarji Desai) became the PM, he said.
Meanwhile, he congratulated the role of media for its role during the Nepal earthquake for uniting the nation into helping its neighbour. He also lauded media for supporting the cleaning drive by spreading the message of cleanliness among common people.