Definitions for "Prior restraint"
Any attempt by government or courts to mandate the content of a medium; a form of censorship that violates the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and press.
the power to prevent publication of something, or to require approval of it before publication. In most cases, prior constraint is unconstitutional, prohibited under the First Amendment which guarantees freedom of the press. There have been exceptions in cases of the publication of obscenity.
a court order prohibiting the publication of information by the press
When government censors a message before it is communicated, rather than punishing it afterward.
Circumstance in which courts or governments block the release of mass media materials.
blocking a story before it is punished or broadcast