LAWS OF MALAWI - PRINTED PUBLICATIONS
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PRINTED PUBLICATIONS ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
||Particulars to be contained in books
||Delivery of books published in Malawi to the Government Archivist
||Registration of newspapers
||Certified extracts from register to be received in evidence
An Act to Make Provision for the Registration of Newspapers, the Printing and
Publication of Books and the Preservation c of Printed Works Published in Malawi. [1ST
||This Act may be cited as the Printed Publications Act.
||In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires
includes every part or division of a book, pamphlet, newspaper, sheet of letterpress,
sheet of music, map, plan, chart or table separately published;
"editor" includes the person or persons actually responsible for the
collation or inclusion in any newspaper of the contents thereof, whether such person or
persons are expressly employed for such purposes or not;
"newspaper" means any periodical publication published at intervals of not
more than one month and consisting wholly, or for the greater part, of political or other
news or of articles relating thereto or to other current topics, with or without
advertisements, and with or without illustrations, but shall not include any publication
which is proved not to be intended for public sale or public dissemination;
expressions referring to printing shall be construed as including references to any
other means of representing or reproducing words in visible form by impressing one
material on another.
||(1) Every book printed and published in Malawi shall bear an imprint in
legible type showing
- the full and correct name of the printer and the place where the book was printed;
- the full and correct name of the publisher and his place of business; and
- the year of publication.
(2) Any person who knowingly and willfully prints or publishes or causes to be printed
or published any book not containing the particulars required by this section shall be
liable to a fine of £100.
(3) The Minister may make Rules excepting from this section such classes of printed
matter used for the purposes of the Government, of courts of justice, of public
authorities and of trade and business as may be specified in such Rules.
||(1) The publisher of every book published in Malawi shall, within two
months of the publication, deliver at his own expense a copy of the book to the Government
Archivist, who shall give a written receipt for every copy received by him.
copy delivered under the provisions of this section shall be a copy of the whole book with
all maps and illustrations belonging thereto, finished and coloured in the same manner as
the best copies of the book are published, and shall be bound, sewed or stitched together,
and on the best paper on which the book is printed.
(3) If any publisher fails to comply with this section, he shall be liable to a fine of
£20. When any person is convicted of such offence, the court may, in addition to imposing
a penalty, order the person so convicted to comply with this section by delivering a copy
of the book to the authority to whom delivery ought to have been made:
Provided always that the court may, instead of making the said order, impose a further
fine not exceeding the amount of the published price of the book.
(4) This section shall not apply to any second or subsequent edition of a book unless
SUCH edition contains additions or alterations either in the letterpress or in the maps,
prints or other illustrative material belonging thereto.
(5) The Minister may make Rules excepting from this section publications wholly or
mainly in the nature of trade advertisements or such classes of such other publications as
may be specified in the Rules, and thereupon it shall not be necessary for the publisher
of any publication so excepted to deliver a copy of such publication to the authority
mentioned in subsection (1) unless, as respects any particular publication, a written
demand for the delivery thereof is made by such authority.
||(1) No person shall print or publish or cause to be printed or published
any newspaper until there has been roistered the office of the Government Archivist the
full and correct title thereof ant the full and correct names and places of abode of every
person who is or is intended to be the proprietor, editor printer or publisher of such
newspaper, and the description of the premises where the same is to be published. Every
alteration in the aforesaid particulars shall forthwith be registered in like manner.
Any person who contravenes this Section shall be liable to a fine of £100.
||(1) It shall be the duty of the Government Archivist to keep a register in
which shall be entered the particulars mentioned in the last preceding section.
person wishing. to obtain an extract from such register signed by the Government Archivist
showing the particulars therein contained in regard to any newspaper, shall be entitled to
obtain the same on application to the Government Archivist and on payment of a fee of two
shillings and sixpence for every such extract.
(3) The production of any such extract, signed as aforesaid, in any proceedings, civil
or criminal, in any court of justice shall be sufficient proof of the facts therein stated
in regard to the names of the proprietors, editors, printers and publishers of the
newspaper therein named.
- At the trial of any person for an offence against section 4 (3) or section 5 (2) any
document purporting to be a certificate under the hand of the Government Archivist that
such person has failed to comply with the requirements of the subsection under which such
person is charged may be used in evidence against him.
- When any certificate is so used the court may, if it thinks fit, summon and examine the
Government Archivist as to the subject matter thereof.
||PRINTED PUBLICATIONS RULES
||These Rules may be cited as the Printed Publications Rules.
||The following publications or classes of publications shall be excepted
from section 4 of the Act
- publications wholly in the nature of trade advertisements, cards, catalogues, circulars,
coupons, designs, forms, labels, leaflets, plans, posters, price lists, prospectuses, show
cards, wrappers and similar publications purely in the nature of trade advertisements;
- publications wholly in the nature of time tables or rate tariffs of transport services;
- publications wholly in the nature of calendars;
- publications wholly in the nature of blank forms of accounts or blank forms of receipts,
or other blank forms of a similar character;
- wall sheets printed with alphabets, mottoes, religious texts or other matter for the
purpose of elementary instruction.