Singh, however, hinted at the the pulls and pushes of media saying that the responsibilities of a media organization are not limited to the viewers and the reader alone as the companies running these organizations also have an obligation to their investors and shareholders.
The Prime Minister further said that media and civil society constituted essential parts of democracy and "Now that we are at a decisive stage in taking our rightful place in the comity of nations" the media would not be found wanting in taking collective effort to consolidate India.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi appreciated the role of the press as a watchdog.
Gandhi said, "We welcome the watchdog role of the media and the well-founded and well-intentioned criticism of our policies and programmes. We recognize that there could be shortcomings that need to be highlighted." The government and the media have shared interest in the dissemination of information, she added.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has created a furore with his suggestions that the press can not be left unregulated and that the journalists must pass an examination to secure lincense to practice journalism. These suggestions came in the wake of severe criticism by the press and media of the government over the a plethora of cases of corruption and multitudes of scams. The Prime Minister and UPA chairperson's assertion that media does not need to regulated by the government could be seen as a positive step forward.