National Press Day

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The day is observed on 16th November every year to commemorate a free and responsible press.

About National Press Day:

  • It was on this day that the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintains high standards and is not fettered by any influence or threats.
  • Since the year 1997, the Council has commemorated the day in a significant way through seminars with relevant themes.

Press Council of India:

  • The Press Council of India was first set up in the year 1966 by the Parliament on the recommendations of the First Press Commission.
  • Status: It is a statutory body functioning under the Press Council Act, 1978.
  • Objective: Preserving the freedom of the press and of maintaining and improving the standards of press in India.
  • Function: It is a quasi-judicial authority. It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.


Source : All India Radio