Prior review - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

A prior restraint is the next step in the process after a prior review.

A prior review is issued by a person in a position of authority so they can review the contents of a document or article before it is published. In certain cases, if the contents of the document are deemed to be inappropriate, controversial, damaging to the company or simply not fit for purpose, a prior restraint may be issued to stop publication. The results of the prior restraint depend on the discretion of the individual or organization who has issued it but it could result in the outright ban of the publication, or simply require edits to be made to change the undesirable content.