The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) came into being on 1stJuly, 1956. Registration of newspaper is essential under PRB Act, 1867.
Printing and publishing of newspapers and periodicals within India are governed by the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 and the Registration of Newspapers (Central) Rules, 1956. According to the Act, no newspaper or periodical should bear a title which is the same or similar to any other newspaper or periodical already being published, either in the same language or in the same State, unless the latter is also owned by the same person. In order to ensure compliance of this condition, the Government of India has appointed the Registrar of Newspapers, also called the Press Registrar, who maintains a register of newspapers and periodicals published in India. The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India is headquartered in New Delhi, and has three regional offices at Calcutta, Mumbai and Chennai to cater to the needs of publishers in all corners of the country.
Registration of newspaper involves 2 steps:
Verification of title – It includes name of applicant, name of owner, language, periodicity, state, district and title options (upto 5 options only).
Registration of title – The verified title is to be got registered within 2 years from title verification date, to prevent deblocking/cancellation of the title. The ownership of the title is transferable after registration.
PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES FOR VERIFICATION OF TITLES