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PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS (PROTECTION OF PUBLICATION) ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 15 of 1977


  • Act nº 15 of 1977

Preamble

THE PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS (PROTECTION OF PUBLICATION) ACT, 1977

[Act, No. 15 of 1977]

[18th April, 1977]

PREAMBLE

An Act to protect the publication of reports of proceedings of Parliament.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-eight Year of the Republic of India as follows:--

Section 1. Short title, extent and commencement

(1) This Act may be called The Parliamentary Proceedings (Protection of Publication) Act, 1977.

(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 25th day of March, 1977.

Section 2. Definition

In this Act, "newspaper" means any printed periodical work containing public news or comments on public news, and includes a news-agency supplying material for publication in a newspaper.

Section 3. Publication of reports of parliamentary proceedings privileged

(1) Save as otherwise provided in sub-section (2), no person shall be liable to any proceedings, civil or criminal, in any court in respect of the publication in a newspaper of a substantially true report of any proceedings of either House of Parliament unless the publication is proved to have been made with malice.

(2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall be construed as protecting the publication of any matter, the publication of which is not for the public good.

Section 4. Act also to apply to parliamentary proceedings broadcast by wireless telegraphy

This Act shall apply in relation to reports of matters broadcast by means of wireless telegraph as part of any programme or service provided by means of a broadcasting station situate within the territories to which this Act extends as it applies in relation to reports or matters published in a newspaper.