Newspaper and Printing Presses Bill

Bill No. 9/1974

Read the first time on 14th March 1974.
An Act to repeal and re-enact the Printing Presses Act (Chapter 258 of the Revised Edition) and to make provisions for the licensing of newspaper companies.
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title and commencement
1.—(1)  This Act may be cited as the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, 1974, and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
(2)  The Minister may appoint different dates for the coming into operation of the different Parts or provisions of this 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. 185) or under any corresponding previous written law;
“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;
“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 in Singapore 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 the provisions of section 9 of this Act;
“newspaper register” means the books which are to be kept by the Registrar under section 19 of this Act;
“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 18 of this Act;
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.