Definitions for gag order
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a court order prohibiting those involved in a case from discussing it publicly.
Origin of gag order:
a court order restricting information or comment by the participants involved in a lawsuit
"imposing a gag order on members of the press violates the First Amendment"
An order issued by a court prohibiting specified persons from discussing a case outside limitations set by the court.
Any directive from a person in authority prohibiting another person from speaking about a certain thing.
A gag order is an order, typically a legal order by a court or government, restricting information or comment from being made public, or in some cases, passed onto any unauthorized third party. The phrase may sometimes be used of a private order by an employer or other institution. Gag orders may be used, for example, to keep legitimate trade secrets of a company, to protect the integrity of ongoing police or military operations, or to protect the privacy of victims or minors. Conversely, as their downside, they may be abused as a useful tool for those of financial means to intimidate witnesses and prevent release of information, using the legal system rather than other methods of intimidation. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation orders may potentially be abused in this way. In a similar manner, a 'gag law' may limit freedom of the press, by instituting censorship or restricting access to information.
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