President to inaugurate National Press Day tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 15 ( UNI) President Pratibha Devsingh Patil will inaugurate the National Press Day celebrations, symbolic of a free and responsible press in the country here tomorrow.

The PCI is commemorating the Press Day with a Seminar on" Women and Media," to be attended by a number of eminent and distinuished personalities including veteran journalists, legal experts, NGOs and others.

The Press Council of India( PCI) observes November 16 as the National Press day by holding seminars, symposiums, workshops, debates and discussions.

The subject will continue to be debated throughout the year at various levels in the Centre and states, according to PCI release.

On the relevance of the subject, PCI maintains that the recent media boom has profoundly affected women. It has opened new vistas of accelerating development and empowerment of women. They are on the one hand an important target group for media as readers and audiences and as a potent workforce and on the other hand find varied reflection in their projection in the media.

However, an uncontrolled, unguided revolution in media may also adversly affect this group. This fact needs to be adequately perceived and realised by promotors of this media revolution to ensure proper projection in the media and be intrumental in empowering media.

Minister of State for External Affairs and Information and Broadcasting will be the Guest of Honour and PCI Chairman G N Ray will preside over the celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan.

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