“I congratulate all those who have been awarded today,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
Paying tribute to former media baron Goenka, Modi said in another tweet: “There were few in the media who challenged the Emergency and this was led by Ramnathji and the Indian Express”.
“Ramnathji was always committed to his ideals,” he noted.
Speaking on the occasion, he also said that during the freedom struggle, newspapers became a very strong medium of expression.
The Prime Minister said technology poses a challenge to the media and news that could earlier be disseminated in 24 hours now happens in 24 seconds.