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Press must have freedom of speech


Freedom of the press is a must. It is guaranteed by the founding father of Indian Constitution. While granting other freedoms, they insisted on freedom of expression in a free and democratic country like India. It is my fundamental right to enjoy the freedom of the press. If the newspapers of a country cannot express themselves freely, the very existence of the countrymen is in peril.

In the past:

During the struggle for freedom, our press was muzzled (gagged), our pen was snubbed (rebuffed), the man behind it was jailed. This sort of high-handedness by the English was seriously viewed and totally resented. This kind of curb was cent percent illegal. For this reason, writers like Tagore and Gandhi fought against this injustice tooth and nail. They could not brook the idea of gagging this important and universal means of expression.

It becomes the paramount duty of the knowledgeable person to fight for the freedom of the press. Writers and correspondents must enjoy the freedom of bringing out the correct viewpoint before the public. They must have the courage to call a spade a spade. They must not hide (conceal) facts from the people. For this reason, they must not keep them in the dark. Their job is very risky. They can resend high-ups in no time while publishing their black deeds in total, they must not fear or falter.


The editor of any paper is not an editor at all if he is not frank and fair in his assessment, in his editorial write up. He must show impartiality of views and news. And he must be true to his pen. Furthermore, He must be a man of conviction (state of being sure and definite). All great newspapers and their editors have gracefully stood the taste of time. An elected government must not be stern or cruel on the inoffensive public for its truthful criticism of its policies and programs. Only then the genuine freedom of the press exists.

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