It newspapers in India

Registrar of Newspapers for India
October 31, 2015 – 01:12 pm
Newspapers in India hail the
more popularly known as RNI, is a statutory body of Government of India for newspapers in India. It was established on 1 July 1956, on the recommendation of the First Press Commission in 1953 and by amending the Press and Registration of Books Act 1867. The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India is headquartered in New Delhi, and has five regional offices at Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal and Guwahati. RNI regulates and monitors printing and publication of newspapers based on the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 and the Registration of Newspapers (Central) Rules, 1956. The registrar is designated as Press Registrar, and S M Khan a 1982 batch senior IIS officer is the current Press Registrar and Head of Department.

The Press and Registration of Books Act contains the duties and functions of the RNI. On account of some more responsibilities entrusted upon RNI during all these years, the office is performing both statutory as well as some non-statutory functions. Online registration system was formally inaugurated in 2004 by the Information and Broadcasting Mnister S. Jaipal Reddy.

Under statutory functions, RNI performs the following duties

  • Issue of Certificate of Registration to newspapers about availability of titles, to intending publishers for filing declaration;
  • Ensuring that newspapers are published in accordance with the provisions of PRB Act 1867 and the rules made thereunder;
  • Verification under Section 19-F of PRB Act, of circulation claims furnished by the publishers in their Annual Statements; and
  • Preparation and submission to the Government on or before 31 December each year, a report containing all available information and statistics about the press in India with particular reference to the emerging trends in circulation and in the direction of common ownership units etc.

The following fall under the non-statutory functions:


Registrar maintains the legal procedures for registering a newspaper, which can be summarised as:

  • As a first stage, the applicant applies for title verification of the publication to the jurisdictional District Magistrate. The District Magistrate will get the title verified from RNI.
  • After receiving the title verification letter from RNI, the applicant needs to file a declaration for authentication before District Magistrate.
  • After authentication, the newspaper must be published within 6 weeks if it is published once a week or oftener than that. In case of any other periodicity, the first issue should be published within 3 months from the date of authentication.
  • After the first issue is published, the applicant needs to file an application for registration, enclosing the following documents
  • Title verification letter
  • Authenticated declaration
  • An affidavit for no foreign tie-up
  • First issue and latest issue of the publication
  • Content intimation/ confirmation in the prescribed form
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