On the occasion of National Press Day, commemorated every year on November 16, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah applauded the “commitment” of journalists to uphold the value of the fourth pillar of democracy.

In a tweet, Shah said: “On National Press Day, I extend my warm greetings to all our friends in media.”

“I applaud the commitment and efforts of every media person who works tirelessly to uphold the value of the fourth pillar of democracy,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “fully committed” to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms.

“A free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. We are fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms,” Modi said on Twitter.

National Press Day is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India. On this day, the Press Council of India (PCI) started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintains high standards and is not fettered by influence or threats.