ACT VIII OF 2012

DEFAMATION (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2012 <http://salmankhangolra.blogspot.com/2012/05/defamation-amendment-act-2012.html>

An Act further to amend the Defamation Ordinance, 2002

[Gazette of Punjab , Extraordinary

11th February, 2012]

No. PAP/Legis-2(77)/2011/521, dated 11-12-2012.---The Defamation (Amendment) Bill, 2011, originally passed by the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on the 22nd day of December 2011, was sent to the Governor of the Punjab for assent. The Governor returned the Bill for reconsideration by the Assembly. The Provincial Assembly of

the Punjab , after reconsideration, again passed the Bill on the 25th day of January 2012. The Bill was again sent to the Governor for assent

on the 27th day of January 2012. Since the Governor has not assented to the Bill within the stipulated period of ten days, the same is deemed to have been assented to in terms of clause (3) of Article 116 of the Constitution, and is published as an Act of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab .

Preamble.--- Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 (LVI of 2002) for purposes hereinafter appearing;

It is enacted as follows:---

1. Short title and commencement.--- (1) This Act, may be cited as the Defamation (Amendment) Act, 2012.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Amendment in Section 1 of Ordinance LVI of 2002.--- In the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 (LVI of 2002), hereinafter referred to as the said Ordinance, in Section 1, for subsection (2), the following shall be substituted:--

"(2) It extends to whole of the Punjab ."

3. Amendments in Section 2 of Ordinance, LVI of 2002.--- In the said Ordinance, in section 2---

(a) after clause (c), the following clause (cc) shall be inserted:--

"(cc) "Government" means Government of the Punjab ;" and

(b) for clause (d), the following shall be substituted:---

"(d) "newspaper" means a paper containing public news, intelligence or occurrences or remarks or observations or containing only, or principally, advertisements, printed for distribution to the public and published periodically, or in parts or number, and includes such other periodical works as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare to be newspaper;".

4. Amendment in Section 16 of Ordinance LVI of 2002.---

In the said Ordinance, in section 16, the word "Federal" shall be omitted.

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