Under the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002, the gratis copies of the periodicals are received by the Press Laws Branch to check and monitor the regularity of the newspapers/periodicals. A certificate is issued in this regard on the request of the publisher. Under the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002, the title of a printing press is allotted on the basis of province, so the branch itself after verification and availability issues NOC to the applicant.
To maintain the record of declarations of newspapers/periodicals and printing presses received from the DC’s in Punjab. In case of non-publication/non-receipt of gratis copies of the newspapers/periodicals, a notice is served upon to the publisher/printer. If the publisher does not respond the notice, a notice is served in which a fine of Rs. 100/- is levied for each default which is to be deposited under a prescribed head of account. If the publisher even does not respond after receiving the notice, it is presumed that the publisher has ceased its publication, so an annulment advice is sent to the concerned DC for annulment of the declaration.
The Press Laws Branch provides support regarding regularity report of the newspapers/ periodicals that apply for inclusion in Central Media List for advertisements and Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). In 2002, the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002 was introduced by the Federal Government, for all provinces. The 18th amendment was made by the Federal Government on 19-04-2010 duly approved by the National Assembly and after the 18th amendment, the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002 has become the provincial subject.
The DGPR office by making few necessary amendments, has submitted the bill for adoption that is still under process in the Information and Culture Department.
Action against non-publication under the Press Ordinance, 2002 when a newspaper/periodical after publication is not published continuously, is:
- In the case of a daily newspaper, for sixteen days in a calendar month
- In the case of a weekly newspaper, for eight weeks in a calendar year
- In the case of a fortnightly newspaper, for two months
- In the case of a monthly newspaper, for four months
- In the case of a quarterly newspaper, for six months
- In the case of a six-monthly newspaper, for one year