National Press Day

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National Press Day

National Press Day is observed every year on 16 November to commemorate a free and responsible press.

Important facts

  • National Press Day draws our attention to the freedom and responsibilities of the press.

  • With the aim of establishing high ideals in journalism in India, the First Press Commission had envisioned a Press Council. Thereafter, on July 4, 1966, the Press Council was established.

  • This council started its formal work from 16 November 1966. Keeping this date in mind, National Press Day started.

  • In India, the press has been called 'watchdog' and the Press Council of India has been called 'moral watchdog'.

  • Since the year 1997, the Council has celebrated the day in a significant manner through seminars with relevant themes.

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur presided over the National Press Day function in New Delhi.

  • Article 19 of the Constitution of India provides for the right to freedom of speech and expression.

  • India ranks 150th position among 180 countries in World Press Freedom Index 2022.

Press Council of India

  • It is a statutory body created by the Press Council Act, 1978. 

  • The objective of the Press Council of India is to maintain and improve the freedom of the press and the standards of the press in India.

  • It has a Chairman and there will be 28 members.

  • Chairperson, Press Council of India - Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai

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