Newspaper and Printing Presses Act

(Original Enactment: Act 12 of 1974)

(1st March 1991)
An Act for the licensing of newspaper companies and for matters connected therewith.
[1st January 1975]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act.
2.  In this Act, unless there is something repugnant in the subject or context —
“chief editor” includes the executive editor, the managing editor and any other person who controls the policy of a newspaper;
“company” means a company incorporated or registered under the Companies Act [Cap. 50] or under any corresponding previous written law;
“declared foreign newspaper” means any newspaper published outside Singapore which has been declared by the Minister under section 17(1) to be engaging in the domestic politics of Singapore;
“document” means any printed newspaper or sheet of paper or other material and any printed pamphlet, leaflet, map, chart and plan, and includes any documents bound together;
“journalist” includes an editor, sub-editor, editorial writer, reporter and any other person whose business it is to edit or write for a newspaper;
“newspaper” means any publication containing news, intelligence, reports of occurrences, or any remarks, observations or comments, in relation to such news, intelligence, reports of occurrences, or to any other matter of public interest, printed in any language and published for sale or free distribution at regular intervals or otherwise, but does not include any publication published by or for the Government;
“newspaper company” means a public company limited by shares which has complied with section 9;
“newspaper register” means the books which are to be kept by the Registrar under section 23;
“place”, in the phrases “place of business” and “place of residence”, means the street, square or other place and the number or other designation of the house;
“proprietor” includes the chief executive officer of a newspaper company;
“Registrar” means the Registrar of Newspapers and includes any Deputy or Assistant Registrar of Newspapers appointed by the Minister under section 22;
expressions referring to printing shall be construed as including writing, lithography, photography and other modes of representing or reproducing words or objects in a visible form.