Definition of prior restraint
: governmental prohibition imposed on expression before the expression actually takes place
First Known Use of prior restraint
Additional Notes on prior restraint
In New York Times Co. v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court restated its position that “any system of prior restraints” bears “a heavy presumption against constitutional validity” and that the government “carries a heavy burden of showing justification for the imposition of such a restraint.”
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