prior restraint

Definition of "prior restraint"
  1. An action by the government to prevent publication or broadcast, typically considered a First Amendment violation except in cases involving obscenity, defamation, or imminent danger
How to use "prior restraint" in a sentence
  1. The court ruled the stoppage of the documentary's release as an unjustifiable act of prior restraint.
  2. The government's action to block the controversial website was seen as an instance of prior restraint.
  3. The newspaper argued that the government's attempt to block their report was a case of prior restraint.

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