India needs free, responsible media: VP Hamid Ansari
June 12, 2017  21:37
Amid a debate on freedom of press, Vice-President Hamid Ansari today said India needs a free and responsible media to hold "power to account" and protect the rights of citizens.

The comments by Ansari come against the backdrop of the recent raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation on the premises of NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy.

Ansari said a free media is not only beneficial but necessary in a free society and any attack on press freedom would result in jeopardising of citizen's rights.
When faced with unjust restrictions and the threat of attack, self-censorship in the media could have the opposite effect, aiding the covering up of abuses and fostering frustration in marginalised communities, he said.
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