Anurag Thakur greets media fraternity on National Press Day

Union I&B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur (PIB)

New Delhi: Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur on November 16, 2021, greeted the media fraternity in India on National Press Day.

National Press Day is observed annually on 16 November to honour the establishment of the Press Council of India (PCI). The council acts as a moral watchdog for the Indian press, ensuring that journalists are not motivated by external influences or factors while reporting any story.

In a video message to the Indian media fraternity, Thakur said, “The government has focused on citizen-centric communication – in a language they understand and through platforms they access – be it TV News, Radio, Social Media or Online Digital Media.”

He further added “The National Press Day is a day to reflect upon the role of media and press in raising the issues that matter to the citizens of India. The Media is a watchdog and as such has a key role to play in a vibrant democracy like India.”

Giving a call for a collective fight against fake news, Thakur said: “On this day, I call upon my media friends to make all efforts to curb the menace of fake news and fake narratives. The Government of India on its part has taken measures like establishment of Fact Check Unit at PIB, which has gained in popularity.”

The Minister concluded his remark by inviting the media to build a new aspirational India and said “as we mark the 75th year of India’s independence and look towards the next 25 years – let us work together as partners in realising the dreams of every Indian”. (Press Release)

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