Prakash Javadekar takes charge of I&B, invokes Emergency to highlight importance of press freedom


    Speaking to the media after taking charge of the ministry, Javadekar said the government not only recognises freedom of press, but cherishes it.

    Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar
    NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday invoked the curtailment of press freedom during the Emergency under the Congress rule to assert that media freedom is the essence of democracy.

    Speaking to the media after taking charge of the ministry, Javadekar said the government not only recognises freedom of press, but cherishes it.

    "Press freedom is the essence of democracy and we not only recognise it, we cherish it. In the history of free India, only once this freedom of press was curtailed and that was in 1975 during Emergency brought by the then Congress government," he said.

    "That was the black period for the media, there was everyday censorship and complete curtailment of press freedom. We fought against it under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani ji," Javadekar said.

    He said the leaders fought on two-three main issues during Emergency and press freedom was one of them.

    "I am very happy that it was restored after our struggle was successful. I also fought and went to jail for 16 months. So for us press freedom is the basic essence of democracy," he said.

    Asserting that with freedom comes responsibility, Javadekar said media already works in this responsible atmosphere and will continue to do so in the days to come.

    "That will strengthen democracy. Therefore I am very happy to take charge. We all will work together hand in hand to take this mission to inform people forward," he said.

    Javadekar also hailed the work done by Rajyavardhan Rathore, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, who were in-charge of the ministry earlier.

    The 68-year-old, who also has the charge of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Ministry, held several portfolios in the first Narendra Modi government.
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    6 Comments on this Story

    GameHind Malik474 days ago
    some morons here thinks press freedom is related to political partyð ð ð ð ð
    Ravindran Subramanyam475 days ago
    The presstitutic main stream media, the bleeding heart terrorists sympathisers, the tukde tukde gangs, Khan market gangs, Lutyens elite, the jholawalas, the Congress and opposition politicians have enjoyed unprecedented freedom of expression in last 5 years of NDA government. Only in West Bengal under the tyrannical Jihadi Didi there was curtailment and arrest of dissent. Even murder of BJP party workers with an opposing views point was practised. Now with the Advent of NDA - 2 terrorists sympathisers like Barkha dutt, Sagarika Ghosh, Arundathi Roy, Shekhar Gupta, Vinod Dua, N Ram and Rajdeep Sardesai will be even more srident and spew venom against NDA with renewed vigor.
    Unrao476 days ago
    The misdeeds of congress are not temporary.The affect are almost permanent in nature. For example the corruption is so deeply ingrained, with the best of efforts, it will take a few decades to clean it up to a reasonable and satisfactory level
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