The Newspaper and Article Administration Division is responsible for the registration of local newspapers and news agencies and the licensing of newspaper distributors.
Under the Registration of Local Newspapers Ordinance (Cap. 268) (RLNO), save for certain exempted publications, publications containing news, information and commentaries that are published at intervals not exceeding six months need to be registered.
Local newspapers / periodicals available to the general public that meet the following criteria shall be registered –
Under the RLNO, news agencies of which the bulletins are distributed in Hong Kong only to local newspapers registered under the RLNO shall be registered. Also, no newspaper shall be distributed for sale except by a licensed newspaper distributor.