India celebrates National Press Day

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New Delhi,November 16: Indian press today celebrates the free and responsible press day with National Press Day on November 16.

Addressing a gathering to celebrate National Press Day, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the government believes in freedom of press for the fourth pillar of democracy. A book related to the media was also released at the event by the dignitaries.

The Press Council of India started functioning as a responsible body overlooking the works of press as a whole body on this day. 

Their functions included maintaining the high standards of press which is expected from them and also ensured that the free body does not come under the pressure of any force. Thebasic concept of self-regulation of the Press Council was articulated by Mahatma Gandhi.

The Press Council of India is a unique entity that exercises an authority over the instruments of the state safeguarding the independence of the press. The Press Council was established in 1956 after which maintenance of professional ethics in journalism came into being. This day is celebrated since 1997 by arranging seminars that are organized by the Press Council.

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