“Journalism without Fear or Favour”
“The freedom of the human mind is recognized in the right to free speech and free press.” – Calvin Coolidge
November 17, National Journalism Day, the date that celebrates the free spirit of Journalism in India. This day celebrates the freedom of speech, thoughts & virtues of media as well as its role in shaping our society.
Every year the National Press Council of India commemorates this day to symbolize unbiasedness & freedom of media in our society. This day honour’s the journalists who search for the truth and bring it to light acting as moral police.
The media act as a connecting bridge between the policymakers and the citizens. It plays an important role in spreading the spirit of harmony, peace & brotherhood. It acts as a nexus to put forward the latest news & connect different parts of society on a common platform. The journalists follow the principles of genuineness, integrity, neutrality, legitimacy and public answerability. This results in the transformation of information into news disseminated to the public. Hence, the media acts as the voice of people.
“We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech- because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.” -Barack Obama
Press freedom can enrich human lives, enhance public justice, and even help to promote economic and social development.
The Government of India has introduced various policies and practices toward journalists. The policies signify their scope of research.
This day marks the remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of truth. UN Secretary-General António Guterres shared his views on media during COVID-19 Pandemic saying-
“As the pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories. The press provides the antidote: verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis”
Celebrating the National Journalism Day is a great way to encourage the journalists, their freedom of expression and quest for the truth.