I am glad to learn that “National Press Day” is being observed on 16th November, 2020 in these islands together with the rest of the country. During the last two decades as the media environment has become increasingly digitalized, the changes in contours of journalism have brought with itself a new blend of challenges.

16th November is symbolic of a free and responsible Press in India. Now, the media has become an essential component of the human life and life style with constant exposure of the media for news, education, entertainment and information.

The media can play a catalytic role to usher in all – round development in a democracy, more so if the newspapers and journalists maintain journalistic ethics and high standards.

On the occasion of National Press Day, I extend my best wishes to all press/media persons for their contribution to journalism. I also call upon them to contribute their might towards the development of our Islands, society through fair and balanced reporting.

(Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi)


Lt Governor, A&N Islands &

Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency