Media must reflect democratic value system: CM Naveen Patnaik 


Cuttack, August 8: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday graced the 75th anniversary of vernacular Odia newspaper, The Prajatantra here at the Indoor Stadium and highlighted the role of media in a democratic society.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also graced the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, Media runs on the basis of people’s trust and should prioritise the real issues of people rather than politics. Media essentially should be the voice of people. Media being the voice of the people must reflect our democratic value system and take a neutral stand in every aspect of society.”

The role of media in a democratic society can hardly be overemphasised. It should endeavour to uphold our great cultural heritage and moral values; promote national integration and communal harmony. Media should discharge its duty without any fear or favour, he added.

Maintaining that India is led by a strong democratic value system, Patnaik said, “Our country stands tall on this foundational principle. Our democratic values have helped us to steer successfully through all the trials and tribulations in the course of these 75 glorious years.”

“Truth and non-violence are the cardinal principles that guided our freedom struggle. In the 75th year of Independence, let’s pledge together to preserve and strengthen these values in every sphere of society. Let the truth always prevail,” added the Chief Minister.

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