The Press Council of India was instituted on November 16, 1966, to monitor the quality of reportage provided by the Indian press. November 16 is observed to acknowledge and honor the Press Council of India, a statutory and quasi-judicial establishment. Press Council of India acts as a moral watchdog in ensuring that Indian journalists are not driven by any influence or external factors.

National Press Day: History

The First Press Commission 1956 envisioned a committee to protect the ethics of journalism and freedom of the press in India. It led to the formation of a Press Council 10 years later. Press Council of India monitors all journalistic activities to keep the credibility intact.

About Press Council of India:

Recommending the establishment of the Press Council of India in 1956, the 1st Press Commission had concluded that the best way of maintaining professional ethics in journalism would be to bring into existence a body with statutory authority, of people principally connected with industry whose duty would be to arbitrate.

The Press Council of India was formed in 1966 under the Press Council Act of 1978. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad is the present chairman of the Press Council of India. He has been appointed for a second term. He succeeded Justice Markandey Katju (2011- 2014) to become the chairman of the council.

National Press Day: Objective & Significance

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.”

Famous quotes on Press:

When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered- Christopher Dodd.

A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad- Albert Camus.

A free press is the cornerstone of democracy; there is no question about that- Hugh Grant.

One of the best things that we have in India is a free press- Shabana Azmi.

A free press needs to be a respected press- Tom Stoppard.

In a democracy, you need to have a strong judicial system. You need freedom of speech, you need art, and you need a free press- Tzipi Livni.

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost—Thomas Jefferson

Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy—Walter Cronkite

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people—John F. Kennedy

Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can forego—Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one—A. J. Liebling

A free press is one of the pillars of democracy—Nelson Mandela

The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy—Benjamin Disraeli

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