VERNACULAR PRESS ACT 1878


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.

The fixed amount had to be paid for security guarantee.

This law was not applicable to the English Press.

It was repealed by Lord Ripon in 1882.

 

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