close Guide for Foreign Media Infocomm Media Development Authority The Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) develops and regulates the converging infocomm and media sectors in a holistic way, creating a dynamic and exciting sector with opportunities for growth through an emphasis on talent, research, innovation and enterprise. To ensure a globally competitive Singapore media sector, IMDA invests in: Enhancing the innovative capacity of the media sector; Developing competitive media infrastructure; Nurturing quality manpower; Supporting sustainable enterprise development; and Enabling Singapore media to go global. At the same time, IMDA formulates clear and consistent regulatory policies, based on these guiding principles: To foster a pro-business environment for industry players; To ensure fair market conduct and effective competition; To safeguard consumers’ interests; To increase media choices for consumers; To uphold social values in tandem with societal expectations; and To foster a cohesive and inclusive society through quality content with wide reach and impact while promoting nation-building. Printing and Publishing Local printing and publishing of books require no licence. However, printing presses have to be licensed and a printing permit is required for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals. International and regional publications (e.g. TIME, International Herald Tribune, Economist and Asahi Shimbun) print their Asian editions in Singapore. The master copy is transmitted via satellite and printed and distributed regionally from Singapore. Newspaper permit Under the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, you need to apply for a permit to: Print or publish a periodical in Singapore at regular or irregular intervals; Sell or distribute a Malaysian periodical in Singapore; Sell or distribute an offshore newspaper (300 copies or more) in Singapore. An offshore newspaper is a newspaper published outside Singapore, at an interval of not more than a week and which carries news or reports on current affairs and politics of any country in Southeast Asia. Printing press licence Under Section 3 of the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, you need to apply for a printing press licence if you wish to operate a press to print documents, such as pamphlets, maps, charts, newspapers and magazines, in Singapore. However, the licence is not required for the printing of invoices, name cards, letter heads etc. As with the newspaper permit, this licence is also valid for a period of one year and issued free of charge. More information on newspaper permit and printing press licence is available at the Infocomm Media Development Authority website.