International Press Freedom Day | Free press pivotal to working democracies: Dr Farooq Abdullah

International Press Freedom Day | Free press pivotal to working democracies: Dr Farooq Abdullah
National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah. Mubashir Khan/GK File

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) President, Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that freedom of the human mind is acknowledged in the right to free speech and free press

In his message on the international Press Freedom day, Dr Farooq said, "A free press is pivotal for any working democracy as it keeps the citizenry informed and imposes accountability.

The National Conference in its "Naya Kashmir" manifesto had underscored the importance of having a free and vibrant press to keep those running the state of affairs under check and common citizenry informed about their rights.”

"No society can think of harvesting the fruits of democracy without securing its press fraternity all the required freedom and dignity. However it is imperative for the press fraternity to uphold the dignity associated with the profession at any cost. The struggle by embattled journalists and press fraternity of Kashmir to fight for the rights of people is commendable. I take this opportunity to salute the valour of our journalistic community, who notwithstanding curbs and persecution has been rendering their duties with dedication. I take this opportunity to pay my tributes to all those journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty,” he said.

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