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.”

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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.

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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)

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    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
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      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.
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        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.
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          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
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            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.
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              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.
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                atul
                Nov 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                First ask impotent Feku to get back his wife, before doing public reform
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                  atul
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 11:40 am
                  First ask impotent Feku to get back his wife, before doing public reform
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