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    Press Council Act 1978


    An Act to establish a Press Council for the purpose of preserving the freedom of the Press and of maintaining and improving the standards of newspapers and news agencies in India.

    Be it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-ninth year of the Republic of India as follows :

    Short title and extent

    1. ( 1) This Act may be called the Press Council Act 1978;

    (2) It extends to the whole of India.


    2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,

    (a) "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Council;

    (b) "Council" means the Press Council of India established under section 4;

    (c) "Member: means a member of the Council and includes its Chairman;

    (d) "Prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

    25 of 1867

    45 of 1955

    (e) The expressions "editor" and "newspaper" have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, and the expression "working journalist" has the meaning assigned to it in the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1955. '

    Rule of construction respecting enactments not extending to the State of Jammu and Kashmir or Sikkim

    3. Any reference in this Act to-a law which is not in force in the State of Jammu & Kashmir or Sikkim shall, in relation to that State, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law, if any, in force in that State. ....continued....