NEWSPAPERS ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. No person to print or publish a newspaper until a declaration be made and delivered at the office of the Registrar of Books and Newspapers. Fresh declaration to be made in certain cases. Penalty on making false declaration.

3. Penalty for printing or publishing a newspaper, such declaration not having been made.

4. Declarations to be filed, and certified copies to be admitted in evidence against the persons making the same.

5. Service of legal process at the place of printing or publishing mentioned in the declaration shall be deemed sufficient.

6. Name of printer and other particulars to be printed on newspapers.

7. Copies of newspapers shall be delivered at the office of the Registrar of Books and Newspapers.

8. Declarations and offences by incorporated companies and other corporations.

9. Interpretation.

10. Government Gazette and papers published by authority of Government exempted.

11. Trial of offences and recovery of fines and forfeitures.

SCHEDULE

5 of 1839,

48 of 1973,

5 of 1976.

18 of 1951,

25 of 1983.

AN ORDINANCE to regulate the printing and publishing of newspapers in Sri Lanka.

[Date of Commencement: 1st February, 1840]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Newspapers Ordinance.

2. No person to print or publish a newspaper until a declaration be made and delivered at the office of the Registrar of Books and Newspapers. Fresh declaration to be made in certain cases. Penalty on making false declaration.

No person shall print or publish, or shall cause to be printed or published, any newspaper in Sri Lanka until there shall have been delivered at the office of the Registrar of Books and Newspapers a written declaration substantially in the form set out in the Schedule to this Ordinance, specifying the title of the newspaper to which the same shall relate, and a true description of the house or building wherein such newspaper shall be intended to be printed and published by, for, or on behalf of the proprietor thereof, and also the true name, addition, and place of abode of every person who is intended to be a printer or to conduct the actual printing of such newspaper, and of every person who is intended to be the publisher thereof, and of every person who shall be a proprietor of such newspaper; and every such declaration shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of section 8, be made before some District Judge, and signed by every person named therein, as printer, publisher, or proprietor of the newspaper to which such declaration shall relate; and whenever and so often as any printer, publisher, or person conducting the actual printing of such newspaper named in such declaration shall be changed or shall change his place of abode and whenever and so often as any proprietor named in such declaration shall be changed or shall intend departing from Sri Lanka, declaration of such change as aforesaid, or of such intended departure from Sri Lanka shall be made before a District Court, and delivered into the office of the Registrar of Books and Newspapers, and also whenever and so often as the title of any such newspaper, or the printing office, or the place of publication thereof shall be changed; and if any person shall knowingly and willfully sign and make any such declaration, in which shall be inserted or set forth the name, addition or place of abode of any person as a proprietor, publisher, printer, or conductor of the actual printing of any newspaper to which such declaration shall relate, who shall not be a proprietor, printer, publisher, or conductor thereof, or from which shall be omitted the name, addition or place of abode of any proprietor, publisher, printer, or conductor of the actual printing of such newspaper, contrary to the true meaning of this Ordinance, or in which any matter or thing by this Ordinance required to be set forth shall be set forth otherwise than according to the truth, or from which any matter or thing required by this Ordinance to be truly set forth shall be omitted, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction before a Magistrate, be liable to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine not exceeding five thousand rupees, or to both such imprisonment and fine.

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