Any attack on the freedom of press is detrimental to national interests and should be opposed by one and all, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday saiid.
He also said that democracy cannot survive without a free and fearless press, Press Trust of India reported.
Mr. Naidu made the remarks in a video message at a webinar on ‘Role of media during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on media” organised by the Press Council of India to mark the National Press Day.
He said press in India has always been at the vanguard of protecting and strengthening the foundations of democracy.
“A robust, free and vibrant media is as important as an independent judiciary in consolidating democracy and strengthening constitutional rule of law,” the vice president opined.
At the same time, Mr. Naidu advised the media to be fair, objective and accurate in its reporting. “Sensationalism should be avoided and the tendency to mix news with views needs to be curbed. Also, there should be greater space for development news in our reporting,” he said.
“Democracy cannot survive without a free and fearless press. Therefore, any attack on the freedom of the press is detrimental to national interests and should be opposed by one and all,” he said.
The vice president also praised print and electronic media journalists for turning into frontline warriors in the wake of COVID-19 and ensuring non-stop coverage of all the happenings, unmindful of the grave risks associated with the pandemic.
“My deepest appreciation to each and every journalist, cameraman and others, who have been striving constantly to disseminate news and information,” he said.
Mr. Naidu also stressed on the importance of conveying the right information at the right time in a pandemic, “especially when there is a plethora of fake news”.