Who among the following introduced the Vernacular Press Act?

(A) Lord Lytton
(B) Lord Ripon
(C) Lord Curzon
(D) Lord Hastings

Correct Answer : Lord Lytton
Question Asked : UPPCS (Mains) 2007
Explanation : Lord Lytton (1876-1880) passed the Vernacular Press Act in 1878. By this Act, the Magistrates of the district were empowered without the prior permission of the Government to call upon a publisher of any kind to enter into a bond, undertaking not to publish anything which might “rouse” feelings ‘of disaffection against the Government. The magistrate was also authorized to deposit a security, which could be confiscated if the publisher violated the bond. If a publisher repeated the violation, their press could be seized. Thus, the Vernacular Press Act of1878 gagged the press and result were some proceedings against some vernacular press people. There was now a popular protest against this Act. This Act was later repealed by Lord Ripon in 1882.
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