New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (may 3rd) applauded the media on the World Press Freedom Day and vouched for a free Press. In a series of tweets, Modi said that a free Press was necessary to make a democracy stronger and applauded those working tirelessly to uphold Freedom of Press. “A free press makes a stronger democracy! Today on World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards steadfastly supporting a free press. It is the multiplicity of ideas and human expression that makes us more vibrant as a society,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
He also applauded the role of people on the social media in safeguarding the freedom of the press. “I applaud all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold freedom of press. It is due to these countless women and men that the spirit of a free press is significantly enhanced. I would once again like to appreciate the proactive role of everyone on social media for their commendable work towards safeguarding the freedom of press and expression,” he added.
This comes days after India slipped two positions in the World Press Freedom Index 2018 to Rank 138 in theb list of 180 countries. The report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that hatecrime is another issue plaguing India.
“The physical violence against journalists is largely responsible for India’s low ranking. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work. More were killed in circumstances that were unclear, as is often the case in rural areas, where reporters are poorly paid,” according to the RSF ranking.