Modi on media: Freedom to write does not include freedom to be factually incorrect

'Editorial freedom should be used wisely in public interest,' Modi said. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Tamil Nadu, India Nov 06, 2017, 06.52 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a meet in Chennai, talked about the importance of vernacular newspapers. 

He said that the role of newspapers published in regional languages remains as important as it was during the British Raj.

PM Modi is on a one-day visit to Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

In Chennai, Modi talked about utilising editorial freedom for the public interest. 

He said, "Editorial freedom should be used wisely in public interest."

He further said that freedom to write does not include the freedom to be factually incorrect. 

Modi was attending the attend platinum jubilee celebrations of a vernacular daily.

Modi called the media "a means of transforming society". 

He said that newspapers today are not just restricted to providing news. They have the capability to mould our thinking and open a window to the world. 

He said media is a means of transforming society and is therefore referred to as the fourth pillar of democracy. 

He also said that the British government was fearful of the Indian vernacular press because of which they enacted the Vernacular Press Act, 1878 to put restrictions on it.

Calling for a competition among media organisations, Modi said that media must make an extra effort to maintain credibility.

"Healthy competition among media organisations is healthy for our democracy."

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said "The press is called the Fourth Estate. It is definitely a power, but, to misuse that power is criminal."

PM Modi said 'India is more than just us politicians" indicating that media should just not write about politics.


He asked media to focus more on their stories and achievements.  


 He concluded by asking media to take a lead in battle against climate change. 


(With inputs from ANI)