Press Laws In Pakistan Term Paper Help

On the recommendations of the Pakistan Press ‘Commission appointed hy the Government of Pakistan to look into the state of the newspaper industry in 1960, the Government promulgated. Three ordinances: the Press and Puhlications Ordinance, 1960, the Working Journalists (Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 1960. The Press and Publications Ordinance, later amended as the Press and Publications Ordinance, 1963, prescribes the registration of books, etc., and lays down penalties for violation of the rules. The Registration of Printing Pressess and Publications Ordinance, 1990(R P P PO).

The Working Joumalists (Conditions of Service) Ordinance and the three Wage Boards constituted under it, provide a string of benefits to the jounalists. For the first time in the history of the Press in Pakistan, compulsory provident funds were instituted in newspaper offices; the working week was fixed at 42·hours; employers \’fere required to give two rnontha’ notice (or two months salary in lieu thereof) if they wanted to terminate the services of a journalist of three or more years’ standing. Other benefits include leave on full pay for one month in a year, medical leave on half’ pay and cnsunl lcnve etc

To facilitate the settlement of disputes between the journalists and the management, the Ordinance provides for adjudication by industrial courts (later, the National Industrial Relations Commission). Any establishment empolying 20 or more journalists comes within the jurisdiction of the Industrial Commission.

In accordance with the provision of the ordinance, a Wage Board was set up in 1960 which fixed the scales of pay for different categories of newspaper workers. It recommended: abolition of the distinction between English and other language papers in matters of wages of working journalists; provision of fringe benefits to journalists such as dearness allowance, conveyance allowance, charge allowance, night shift allowance, etc.; payment to apprentices; gratuity in the event of dismissal after three years of continuous service or retirement after 25 years of service, or death and entitlement to medical expenses.

An amendment to the Ordinance makes the dependants of journalists also eligible to medical treatment paid for hI the employers. All newspaper establishments are bound by the Wage Board Awards. To cope with inflation and the mounting cost of living, there have been three more Wage Boards since, the first one in 1960 and a consequential upward revision of salaries, allowances of journalists and other employees of newspapers, and third one in 1980

RPPPO 1990

An ordinance to regulate matters relating to publications and printing presses

WHEREAS it is expedient to regulate matters relating to publications and printing presse


3. Particulars to be printed on books and papers.- Every book 6r paper printed in a Province shall have printed legibly on it the name of the printer and the place of printing and, if the book or paper be published, the name of the publisher and the place of publication

4. Keeper of printing-press to make declaration.-{l) No person shall keep in his possession any press for printing of books or papers, unless he has made and subscribed before the District Magistrate within whose local jurisdiction such press may be, a declaration in Form A or such other form as may be prescibed; and the District Magistrate shall, immediately upon the filing of such form, issue a receipt for the same.

(2).Every declaration made and subscribed under subsection

(1). shall be authenticated under the signature and official seal of the District Magistrate before whom the said declaration is made.

3. The District Magistrate shall, by an order in writing, refuse to authenticate a declaration made and subscribed under sub-sectlors l), i The is satisfied that.

(a) the title of the printing-press proposed to be kept or operated is the same as the title of any printing press already being operated at any place in the Province; or

(b) the printer was convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude within five years before the date of his making and subscribing the declaration.

(4) The District Magistrate shall not p888 an order under sub-section (3) without giving to the person making the declaration, through a notice in writing, an opportunity of being heard.

(5) In case the District Magistrate fails to authenticate a declaration under sub-section (2), or pass an order under subsection (3), within a period of four months, the declaration made by the printer shall be deemed to have been authenticated on the expiry of the said period

(6) As often as the place where a printing press is kept is changed, the keeper of the Press shall, withing three days of such change, inform the District Magistrate in writing of the change:. Provided that, if the place where the press is shifted is in another district, the keeper of the press shall inform the District Magistrates of both the districts from which, and to which, the press is shifted.

Posted on November 28, 2015 in Ethics And Libel

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