16/11/2016 5:04 PM IST | Updated 16/11/2016 6:06 PM IST

Govt. Should Not Interfere With The Media But There Are Limits To Free Speech, Says PM Modi

"Like a mother who tells her children not to eat too much."

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Two weeks after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ordered a one-day ban on NDTV India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there should be no external control on the media, the government should not interfere with the working of the media, but there are limits to the freedom of expression.

"Like a mother who tells her children not to eat too much," he said. Mahatma Gandhi, he said, used to say that "unrestrained writing can create a huge crisis".

"The press is responsible for upholding free-speech. The government should not have any interference in the working of the media," Modi said, while speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Press Council at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

"We remember how the press council ceased to exist during the Emergency. Things normalised after Morarji Bhai became PM," he said

On the perils faced by journalists, Modi said, "Any death is worrisome, but journalists losing their lives just because they try showing the truth, it becomes even more serious then."

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