29 JANUARY INDIAN NEWSPAPER DAY
As freedom of expression swept across the world, an Irishman called James Augustus Hicky gave Calcutta and India its first printed newspaper in 1780. First published on 29 January 1780, Hicky's Bengal Gazette was a four-page weekly newspaper. It is said that Hicky’s newspaper tried to cover everything important from world news to politics and events in India. This newspaper took on the rich and powerful British. To commemorate this historic occasion, 29th January was declared as Indian Newspaper Day by the Indian Newspaper Society. Though the internet and other digital forms of publishing have entered the world of news, the stature of the print medium has remained unchanged. It still occupies a special place in the lives of its readers.
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