Why is National Press Day celebrated on November 16?

This day stands as a day symbolic of a responsible and free press in the country. Since the year 1997, the Council has commemorated the day in a significant way through seminars with relevant themes.

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Why is National Press Day celebrated on November 16?

Why is National Press Day celebrated on November 16?

New Delhi: National Press Day is celebrated on November 16 to commemorate the establishment of the Press Council of India which was formed in 1966. Press Day is the symbol of a free and responsible press in India as it also ensures that journalistic objectivity is not compromised due to “influence or threats of any extraneous factors.”

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar extended his greetings to the media fraternity on the occasion of National Press Day.

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What is the objective of this day? 

This day stands as a day symbolic of a responsible and free press in the country. Since the year 1997, the Council has commemorated the day in a significant way through seminars with relevant themes.

There are several Press/ Media Councils across the world but the Press Council of India is a unique entity in its duty to safeguard the independence of the press, where the press is that of a free type which realizes its own responsibilities as the fourth pillar of the country.

The Press Council keeps a check on the quality of reportage provided by the Indian press. It also ensures that journalistic objectivity is not compromised due to “influence or threats of any extraneous factors.”