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Orders journalist to get information to courts (6)


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'orders' is the definition.
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'journalist to get information to courts' is the wordplay.
'journalist' becomes 'ed' (short for editor).
'to get' says to put letters next to each other.
'information' becomes 'i' (common abbreviation for information).
'to courts' becomes 'cts' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

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(Other definitions for edicts that I've seen before include "Official orders from authorities" , "Official orders or proclamations" , "Orders proclaimed by authorities" , "Decrees by authority" , "Proclamation" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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