November 16th is celebrated as National Press Day to commemorate the foundation of the Press Council of India in 1966. This day also mark the symbol of a free and responsible press in the country. The Press council of India assumed the role of the moral watchdog to the fourth pillar of the Democracy in the state.
There are several Media Councils across the world but the Press Council of India is a unique entity in its duty to safeguard the independence of the press, where the press is that of a free type which realizes its own responsibilities as the fourth pillar of the country.
The Press Council of India was first constituted on 4th July 1966 as an autonomous, statutory, quasi-judicial body, with Shri Justice J R Mudholkar.
In 1956, the first Press Commission had concluded that the best way to maintain professional ethics in journalism can be achieved by creating a statutory authority body consisting of people mainly connected with the industry and can arbitrate the activities. This led to the birth of the Press Council of India in 1966.
India Post has also released a stamp to commemorate the Time of India. This paper is one of the oldest media of press in India.
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