Act outlawing the publication of unlicensed material passed by the English Parliament (57 words)

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Despite having its origins in a protest against Charles I's repressive and arbitrary governmental methods, after nine months in power, the new Commonwealth passed a Parliamentary Act aimed at quashing publications critical of its government. The Act ruled that all books, pamphlets and newspapers had to obtain a licence for publication, thus instituting a system of censorship.

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