Registration Of Press And Periodicals Bill, 2019

Registration Of Press And Periodicals Bill, 2019:

Government will revive the Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill, 2019 for a new registration regime for newspapers that will include digital Media as well (the current registration framework doesn’t include digital news)

  • It will replace the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 ( the act currently regulates the newspaper and printing press industry)

Provisions:

  • It will enable the Central and State Government to formulate appropriate rules or regulations for issuing govt advertisements in newspapers, accreditation of newspapers and such other facilities for newspapers.
  • Create a Press Registrar General along with laying down a simple system of registration of e-papers.
  • It is mandatory for the editor of the periodical to be an Indian citizen.
  • Allows anyone who is a citizen of India to bring out its publication
  • Bill seeks to punish the concerned only with a fine (the previous bill had fine + imprisonment)

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