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