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Prior restraint - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

A prior review is a form of pre-publishing review that is requested by a person in a position of authority relating to a specific publication or piece of media.

In publishing businesses or media outlets there may be particularly sensitive publications that’s contents are too unique and potentially damaging that need to be reviewed before publication. A person in a position of authority may want to carefully review the document before it is published in order to check its quality, and also to check if there is any content that could cause harm or be deemed as controversial. This is different from an editorial review as the person is generally checking the content, not its grammar and structure. After a prior review has been undertaken, depending on the outcome, a prior restraint may be issued.


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