Chennai, November 6: On his Chennai visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all the required help for the people affected due to heavy rains. PM Narendra Modi has arrived today in Chennai to participate in the 75th-anniversary celebrations of the Daily Thanthi newspaper.
Landing in Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Modi was received by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam. Further PM Modi discussed the situation arising due to heavy rains and floods in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu with the Chief Minister Palaniswamy & Deputy CM O Panneerselvam; also assured them of all assistance from the Centre.
Further he said that the then British Government was fearful of the Indian Vernacular Press. It was to muzzle vernacular newspapers, that the Vernacular Press Act was enacted in 1878. The role of newspapers published in regional languages remains as important today, as it was then. I have often heard people wonder, as to how the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
Editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest. The freedom to write does not include the freedom to be 'factually incorrect'. Mahatma Gandhi said: “The press is called the Fourth Estate. It is definitely a power, but, to misuse that power is criminal, PM Modi said.
Even though media may be owned by private individuals, it serves a public purpose. As scholars say, it is an instrument to produce reform through peace, rather than by force. Hence, it has as much social accountability as the elected government or the judiciary, PM Modi added.
Today, every citizen analyses and attempts to verify the news that comes to him through multiple sources. Media, therefore, must make an extra effort to maintain credibility. Healthy competition among credible media platforms is also good for the health of our democracy, PM Modi said. A lot of the media discourse today revolves around politics. However, India is more than just us politicians. It is the 125 Crore Indians, which make India what it is. I would be happy to see media focus a lot more, on their stories, and their achievements, he added.
Focusing on the media’s role in raising awareness on the Climate change, PM Modi asked that Natural calamities seem to be occurring with increasing frequency across the world. Can media take a lead in the battle against climate change? Can media devote just a little space to report or increase awareness about what we can do to combat climate change?
Further PM Modi is going to visit DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao confirmed.