November 11, 2016 … The media fraternity in Goa will observe the National Press Day on November 16. The theme of National Press Day for the year is “Reporting from Conflict Area a Challenge for Media”.

The day has been observed every year to coincide with the foundation day of the Press Council of India.

Chief Minister, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar will inaugurate the National Press Day celebrations at a function to be held at Surendra Babu Timble Convention Hall, Goa Chamber of Commerce, Panaji  on November 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Shri Daulat A. Hawaldar,(IAS), Secretary, Information and Publicity will be the guest of honour . The Department of Information and Publicity in collaboration with the Goa Editors’ Guild, the Goa Union of Journalists, Photo Journalists Association Goa, Electronic Media Journalists Association, Sports Journalists Association, South Goa Journalists Association will organise the event.

Shri Shekhar Gupta, Chairperson and Editor in Chief of ThePrint, New Delhi will be the Key note speaker who will speak on the theme “Reporting from Conflict Area a Challenge for Media”. Senior Journalists, Smt. Devika Sequeira, Smt. Pamela D’Mello, Shri Sudhakar Naik and Shri Paul John Fernandes will be felicitated on the occasion for their contribution in Journalism field at the hands of Chief Minister.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister will present laptops, cameras and Sanction letters to the journalists and Photo Contest Awards to the winners which has been organised by the Department of Information and Publicity.

The 16th of November – is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India. This was the day on which the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only did the press maintain the high standards expected from this powerful medium but also that it was not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.