Today is National Press day. Speaking on the occasion in New Delhi today, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over misuse of media. He said, nowadays, business groups and political parties are also starting their own newspapers and channels. Through these, they are promoting their vested interests and compromising the values of journalism. Mr. Naidu further said that sensationalizing the news, prejudiced coverage and paid news are a big challenge in front of the media today.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the menace of fake news is bigger than the paid news, and it must be tackled in an efficient manner. Mr Javadekar said, press freedom is the essence for a vibrant democracy, and the government is ensuring full freedom to the press. He said, freedom of media was trampled upon by the Congress during the Emergency in 1975. Mr Javadekar said, there is a need for responsible freedom. The Minister said, media can criticise but should guard against fake news and desist from disinformation and misinformation.