Modi springs a surprise, visits Karunanidhi at Gopalapuram

Misusing Freedom of the Press a criminal offence, media shall be responsible to govt, says PM Narendra Modi

Misusing Freedom of the Press a criminal offence, media shall be responsible to govt, says PM Narendra Modi

Raising the issue of Freedom of Expression, the PM said, "Editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest".

"Pointing out the natural calamities occurring around the world at regular intervals, Modi urged newspapers to allocate space to increase awareness about climate change".

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Observing most of the media discourse revolves around politics, Modi said the nation is made of over a billion people and the media should focus on the people and their achievements. Can media take a lead in the battle against climate change? Mahatma Gandhi said that "the press is called the Fourth Estate. Healthy competition among credible media platforms is also good for the health of our democracy", he said.

He said the freedom to write does not in anyway reduce the importance to be accurate and correct, adding that though media outlets may be owned by the private sector, they serve a public goal, have much social accountability and their conduct should be above board.

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Media has power. But if they misuse that power it would be a criminal offence. "Today, the newspaper does nit just give news, they can also mold our thinking and open a window to the world", he said. "He did not come with a political motive and did not talk politics", Stalin told reporters after visiting flood-hit areas in the Kolathur Assembly segment on Monday evening.

The Prime Minister's advice to media coincides with the recent expose by a newspaper about the alleged off-shore bank accounts of various Indians. It was to muzzle vernacular newspapers, that the Vernacular Press Act was enacted in 1878.

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Karunanidhi presented Modi an English version of his book Kuraloviyam, an interpretation in story form of Tamil classic Tirukkural and the souvenir released on the occasion of the platinum jubilee of DMK mouthpiece Murasoli during the 15-minute-long meeting of the two top leaders. Upon landing in the city on Monday, Prime Minister Modi discussed with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam the rain and flood-like situation in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

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