Will expose polls that show a bad image of press freedom in India: Javadekar

NEW DELHI: Affirming that the media enjoy absolute freedom in India, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar On Sunday he said we will expose those polls that tend to portray a bad image about press freedom in the country.

Because of this, Javadekar said that the media have the power to inform and enlighten people.

The media in India enjoy absolute freedom. We will expose, sooner rather than later, those polls that tend to portray a bad image of 'Freedom of the press' in India, he tweeted.

India fell two places on a global index of press freedom to rank 142nd out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis released last month.

Congress, in its message on World Press Freedom Day, alleged that the BJP it is determined to destroy this fourth pillar of democracy.

India slipped two places in World Press Freedom Index to 142. As we commemorate World Press Freedom Day, we must remember that the BJP is hell bent on destroying this fourth pillar of democracy and we shouldn't let that happen, the opposition party said on its official Twitter handle.

To all journalists we would say Daro Mat (don't panic), he said.

BJP president said the press is the fourth pillar of India 's democracy and plays a great role in the nation by shaping opinions and creating awareness.

On this World Press Day, I salute our media outlets for risking their lives to publicize various aspects of Covid-19, he said on Twitter.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of the UNESCO General Conference. Since then, on May 3, the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration has been celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.