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National Press Day observed on 16 November

Nov 18, 2013 17:21 IST

16 November: National Press Day

National Press Day is celebrated across the country on 16 November 2013. The day is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India.

It is the day on which the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only the press maintains the high standards expected from this powerful medium but also that it was not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.

The Press Council of India was first constituted on 4 July 1966 as an autonomous, statutory, quasi-judicial body, and it started functioning from 16 November 1966 with Justice J R Mudholkar, then a Judge of the Supreme Court, as Chairman.

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