chilling effect

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chill′ing effect`


n.
a discouraging or deterring effect, esp. one resulting from a restrictive law or regulation.
[1965–70]
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A controversial, high-profile, contentious story may never see the light of day because of libel chill.
So long as corporations remain willing to sue (or threaten to sue) critics without much regard to the merits of the case, libel chill will remain a serious problem.
THE RATIONALE UNDERLYING THE PUBLIC INTEREST RESPONSIBLE COMMUNICATION DEFENCE LIBEL CHILL IV.