Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday said the success of Indian democracy owed a lot to the independent and responsible press, which had played a crucial role in educating and empowering the masses. Speaking at a function to commemorate National Press Day, organised by Press Council of India, Rathore said journalists are like soldiers, utilising the weapons of pen and newspaper columns.
Reiterating the government’s commitment to protect, preserve and promote freedom of the press, the MoS called upon journalists to maintain professional integrity and ethical standards in their pursuit of truth.
Also speaking on the occasion, Prakash Javadekar, MoS for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (Independent Charge) said freedom of press was sacrosanct in a democracy and that this freedom came with responsibilities.
Former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachaliah, the chief guest, said the press in India had a larger role to preserve, restore and propagate democratic and humanitarian values and balance them with changes in technology and perceptions of freedom.
The function also saw print journalists being conferred the National Awards in different categories.
The categories included Rural Journalism, Developmental Reporting, Stree Shakti (Women Empowerment), Single News Picture, Photo Feature and Urdu Journalism.