NEWSPAPERS ACT – 1908
The discontent created by the unpopular acts of Lord Curzon resulted in the growth of an Extremist Party in the Indian National Congress.
The growth of the Extremist Party in the house of the Indian National Congress led to the acts of violence.
The newspapers of the time greatly condemned the acts and policies of the government.
This led the Government to follow a repressive policy and enacted the Newspapers Act, 1908.
According to the Act, the magistrates were empowered to confiscate printing press, property connected thereto of newspapers, which published objectionable materials serving as incitement to murder or acts of violence.
Under the Newspapers Act of 1908, the government launched the prosecutions against nine newspapers and confiscated seven Presses.
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