"Media must make an extra effort to maintain credibility": PM Modi

New Delhi, Nov 6: PM Modi is in Chennai on Monday and he discussed the situation arising due to heavy rains and floods in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu with the CM and Dy CM of the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them of all assistance from the Centre with regard to situation arising due to heavy rain, floods in Tamil Nadu.

Speaking elaborately on the role of media, Prime Minister said, "Today, newspapers do not just give news. They can also mould our thinking an open a window to the world, adding, "In a broader context, media is a means of transforming society. That is why we refer to the media as the fourth pillar of democracy." Stressing the importance of vernacular press Modi said, " The then British Government was fearful of the Indian Vernacular Press. It was to muzzle vernacular newspapers, that the Vernacular Press Act was enacted in 1878. The role of newspapers published in regional languages remains as important today, as it was then." "Media must make an extra effort to maintain credibility. Healthy competition among media organisations is healthy for our democracy. Editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest. Freedom to write, does not include the freedom to be factually incorrect, "PM said. Emphasising on news beyond politics h said, " A lot of media discourse today revolves around politics. However, India is more than just us politicians. It's the 125 crore Indians, which make India what it is. I would be happy to see media focus a lot more, on their stories and achievements. "

PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Chennai where he will attend multiple events, he will also meet former CM M Karunanidhi. Karunanidhi has not been keeping well these days.

PM will participate in two private functions, including the platinum jubilee celebrations of the leading Tamil daily ‘Daily Thanthi’ to be held at the Centenary Hall of the University of Madras. PM will then attend the marriage of the daughter of senior IAS officer and joint secretary in the PMO, T V Somanathan.