Government shouldn’t interfere in working of media: PM Narendra Modi

While appreciating the positive contribution by media to the society, PM Modi cautioned that it's also the responsibility of press to change appropriately with time.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2016 7:07 pm
Narendra Modi, Press freedom, Modi press freedom, Modi media freedom, Modi on press, Modi on journalists Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed press freedom and said external control on press is not good for society. Speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Press Council at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi today, PM Modi said, “The press is responsible for upholding free-speech. The government should not have any interference in the working of the media.” Recalling the period of emergency in India during Indira Gandhi’s rule, the Prime Minister said, “We remember how the press council ceased to exist during the Emergency. Things normalised after Morarji Bhai became PM.”

WATCH VIDEO

The Prime Minister made an emphatic point regarding freedom of speech, but noted that there must be limits. “Freedom… freedom of expression needs to be followed, but there must be limits. Like a mother who tells her children not to eat too much,” he said.

Though the Prime Minister did not refer to any specific changes, he said unlike journalists in past when they had
ample time to make corrections, now because of the fast-paced nature of electronic and digital media there is no such
opportunity now. Referring to the Kandahar hijack in 1999, he said new channels’ round-the-clock reportage of angry reactions of the families of passengers in the Indian Airlines flight made terrorists emboldened as they thought they can get anything from the Indian government with this kind of public pressure. The episode set off introspection in the media which later came with norms for the coverage of such incidents, Modi said.

WATCH VIDEO

While appreciating the positive contribution by media to the society, PM Modi cautioned that it’s also the responsibility of press to change appropriately with time. He also highlighted the perils that come with showing the truth to the world. “Any death is worrisome, but journalists losing their lives just because they try showing the truth, it becomes even more serious then.”

(With inputs from PTI)

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

First Published on: November 16, 2016 4:19 pm
  1. B
    Bharat
    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm
    this is funny ,, w world knows that he controlled media and he is saying .. kamaal hai jhoot ki hadd hoti hai
    Reply
    1. T
      Tinku
      Nov 16, 2016 at 11:44 am
      He only took sudhir choudhoury of zee news on one of his foreign tour although he should be in jail for 100 crore scam..now zee news is working as a bhakt...vineet jain of times now paid for modi trip in America and see how arnab goswami is licking modi's boot every night.
      Reply
      1. T
        Tinku
        Nov 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm
        Ohh...is it..dian express ki dum hai to bangalore ki 500 crore shadi ka pic lagao.
        Reply
        1. S
          Stonecold
          Nov 17, 2016 at 9:07 pm
          The same media which helped him to become pm will bring him down . Mark my words . Just wait and watch. Mr modi is the only PM in this country to ban news channels. Sick of make believe
          Reply
          1. A
            ashok s
            Nov 16, 2016 at 11:36 am
            Btst Mira road Muslims are havoc ,dance bars , gambling , extortion is wide spread . goons are asking Senior citizens for cash . pls pm do something about this as you cleaned Gujarat. Even Mira road police is with them.
            Reply
            1. A
              atul
              Nov 16, 2016 at 11:35 am
              BJP is not able to control price rise, inflution in rupees USD to INR over 67.81. Any one wrong doing in their tenure blame UPA. You been elect for "Acche din". Price control, job for youth, black money from swiss bank. What happen now ??? You failed in all front, unable to manage economy and country. People are fed with your "bhashan". You kept people in street waiting for their own money from bank.
              Reply
              1. A
                atul
                Nov 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                First ask impotent Feku to get back his wife, before doing public reform
                Reply
                1. A
                  atul
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 11:40 am
                  First ask impotent Feku to get back his wife, before doing public reform
                  Reply
                  1. A
                    atul
                    Nov 16, 2016 at 11:35 am
                    MODi should shut his is mouth. We paid our 5 years to put him in this JOB. He should serve people not take away the freedom of people.
                    Reply
                    1. B
                      Bijan Mohanty
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 12:40 pm
                      Modi does just opposite to what he publicly says. No wonder, he publicly states that govt. Should not interfere with the working of the media and in action it is the narendra modi govt. Which has interfered, influenced the media and has practically sabotaged impartial media functioning. No words are strong enough to condemn this man's blatant interference.
                      Reply
                      1. D
                        Deeply Concerned
                        Nov 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                        It will be a great favor to India if Modi does not involve himself in the government. In one mad move he has made Indian economy loose the hard earned edge in the world.
                        Reply
                        1. R
                          rishi
                          Nov 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                          Prime minister's Statesmanship At Its Best.....NDA For Press Freedom.....Responsible Governance RigthFully Expects Responsible Journalism !
                          Reply
                          1. R
                            rishi
                            Nov 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm
                            convert your money without fear.....Modi wants the common people NOT TO WORRY as they have 40-50days during which they can bring in their cash to the bank and have it deposited in their accounts from where they can later draw through cheques, ATMs or any other banking mode. Most people in India do not have any reason to keep more than the limit of rs. 2.5 lacs in cash ....so they are NOT THE LOSERS....the rest can explain their reasons fro the excess cash they have and be prepared to pay the penalty which is the govt.'s gain from them and can be used to offset the huge cost to the govt. and the banks in implementing the demonetisation. process
                            Reply
                            1. R
                              rishi
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                              implementation of demonetisation is the finest example of Govt.-Media Partnership as we could see the media playing a very constructive role explaining the people the steps rewuired to convert their old money to the new currency without fear. The limit being reasonably high to rs. 2.5 lacs, the larger majority of the citizens who were the victims of the blackmoney-run-market economy had nothing to worry as against those bigfish who were the targets of the govt. for stashing crores of rupees in their homes and bedboxes, trunks etc., as some media-channels exposed. Modi has always had a heart for the media but he has a valid reason for some colonial-minded media-houses who are used to easylife and easymoney unlike the more hardworking and sincere journalists and reporters of most of the hindi channels atleast. Among english channels, I think only TimesNow is unbiased against any political group, all others behave like greedy pigs imagining no one is seeing them.
                              Reply
                              1. S
                                sham
                                Nov 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                                NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI-- PROVE TO INDIANS THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON . WE INDIANS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS KENYAN BORN URJIT PATEL-- DOES HE HAVE A FAMILY ? WHO IS URJIT PATELs WIFE ? WHICH FAMILY IS SHE FROM ? INDIA IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC Who is the Wife of RBI Governor URJIT PATEL , why is this national secret how is Urjit patel related to Ambani why is Kenya national till 2013 Urjit Patel suddenly become Indian national Google Ajit Vadakayil blogspot dot com
                                Reply
                                1. S
                                  sham
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                                  NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI-- PROVE TO INDIANS THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON . WE INDIANS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS KENYAN BORN URJIT PATEL-- DOES HE HAVE A FAMILY ? WHO IS URJIT PATELs WIFE ? WHICH FAMILY IS SHE FROM ? INDIA IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC Who is the Wife of RBI Governor URJIT PATEL , why is this national secret how is Urjit patel related to Ambani why is Kenya national till 2013 Urjit Patel suddenly become Indian national Google Ajit Vadakayil blogspot dot com
                                  Reply
                                  1. S
                                    sham
                                    Nov 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                                    NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI--lt;br/gt;PROVE TO INDIANS THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON .lt;br/gt;WE INDIANS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS KENYAN BORN URJIT PATEL-- DOES HE HAVE A FAMILY ? lt;br/gt;WHO IS URJIT PATELs WIFE ? lt;br/gt;WHICH FAMILY IS SHE FROM ?lt;br/gt;INDIA IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIClt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Who is the Wife of RBI Governor URJIT PATEL , why is this national secret lt;br/gt;how is Urjit patel related to Ambani lt;br/gt;why is Kenya national till 2013 Urjit Patel suddenly become Indian national lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Google Ajit Vadakayil blogspot dot com
                                    Reply
                                    1. S
                                      sham
                                      Nov 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                                      NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI--lt;br/gt;PROVE TO INDIANS THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON .lt;br/gt;WE INDIANS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS KENYAN BORN URJIT PATEL-- DOES HE HAVE A FAMILY ? lt;br/gt;WHO IS URJIT PATELs WIFE ? lt;br/gt;WHICH FAMILY IS SHE FROM ?lt;br/gt;INDIA IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIClt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Who is the Wife of RBI Governor URJIT PATEL , why is this national secret lt;br/gt;how is Urjit patel related to Ambani lt;br/gt;why is Kenya national till 2013 Urjit Patel suddenly become Indian national lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Google Ajit Vadakayil blogspot dot com,,,,,,,,,,,,,
                                      Reply
                                      1. S
                                        sham
                                        Nov 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                                        NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI--lt;br/gt;PROVE TO INDIANS THAT YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON .lt;br/gt;WE INDIANS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS KENYAN BORN URJIT PATEL-- DOES HE HAVE A FAMILY ? lt;br/gt;WHO IS URJIT PATELs WIFE ? lt;br/gt;WHICH FAMILY IS SHE FROM ?lt;br/gt;INDIA IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIClt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Who is the Wife of RBI Governor URJIT PATEL , why is this national secret lt;br/gt;how is Urjit patel related to Ambani lt;br/gt;why is Kenya national till 2013 Urjit Patel suddenly become Indian national lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Google Ajit Vadakayil blogspot dot com....
                                        Reply
                                        1. N
                                          nicholas dsouza
                                          Nov 16, 2016 at 11:08 am
                                          hmm it is an indirect threat to the media that they should not show the suffering of the common pple who r suffering because of demonetization.
                                          Reply
                                          1. J
                                            Joseph R Stephen
                                            Nov 16, 2016 at 11:16 am
                                            MODi should shut his is mouth.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We paid our 5 years to put him in this JOB. He should serve people not take away the freedom of people.
                                            Reply
                                            1. Load More Comments