Highlighting that “freedom to write, does not include the freedom to be factually incorrect”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called upon the media organisations of the country to “make extra effort” to maintain their credibility.
Speaking on the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tamil daily Dina Thanthi in Chennai Modi said editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest.
“Freedom to write, does not include the freedom to be factually incorrect. Media must make an extra effort to maintain credibility,” Modi said.
“Healthy competition among media organisations is healthy for our democracy,” he added.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Modi said: “The press is called the Fourth Estate. It is definitely a power, but, to misuse that power is criminal.”
He further said that a lot of media discourse revolves around politics but India was more than just the politicians.
“It’s the 125 crore Indians, which make India what it is. I would be happy to see media focus a lot more, on their stories and achievements,” he said.
Upon his arrival in the city, PM Modi met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and assured them of full assistance in dealing with the heavy rain that has left many parts of the state inundated.
Modi is also likely to meet ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi at his residence at around 12.30 pm.
The former Tamil Nadu chief minister, Karunanidhi, 93, has been wheelchair-bound since 2010. He has been getting medical treatment at home. Karunanidhi fell ill in October, 2016 due to a drug- induced allergy.
A consultation meeting with local BJP leaders may also take place before Modi returns to Delhi later in the day.