Kolkata: The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday greeted the media fraternity on the occasion of National Press Day.
Banerjee took to her Twitter page and posted tweets that said:
On #NationalPressDay,the Press Council of India was started. I wish all journalists who are fearlessly working for strengthening democracy
Earlier on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi Also greeted the media personalities on the occasion of National Press Day.
National Press Day, is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India. This was the day on which the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only did the press maintain the high standards expected from this powerful medium but also that it was not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.
Though there are several Press or Media Councils world over, the Press Council of India is a unique entity in as-much-as this is the only body to exercise an authority even over the instruments of the state in its duty to safeguard the independence of the press.