VERNACULAR PRESS ACT, 1878


The Act provided for submitting to police all the proof sheets of contents of papers before publication.

What was seditious news was to be determined by the police, and not by the judiciary.

Under this Act many of the papers were fined, their editors jailed.

The affected party could not seek redress in a court of law.

Fixed amount had to be paid for security guarantee.

This law was not applicable to English Press.

It was repealed by Lord Ripon in 1882.