Welcome to the Centre for Free Expression

The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University is a hub for public education, research and advocacy on free expression and the public’s right to know. Our work is undertaken in collaboration with academic and community-based organizations across Canada and internationally.

Latest News

Have we Lost the Plot with Polanski?
February 19, 2020 by Ummni Khan

Roman Polanksi’s back in the news again, this time because of the 12 César Academy nominations he received for his latest film, An Officer and a Spy. Outrage ensued, as it always does, whenever the fugitive director receives any recognition for his work.  In response to the criticism, the entire César Academy Board resigned last week. 

While some may view this as a #metoo victory, I wonder if we have allowed punitive impulses to misplace our priorities.

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CFE Film Series: Sicko
March 10, 2020
7:00pm to 10:00pm

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BPC Bulletin: Free Expression in Canada Today: One Woman's View
February 20, 2020

Lydia Perovic, a journalist who moved to Canada from Montenegro in 1999, considers the health of free expression in Canada today.

Her essay appears in the March issue of the Literary Review of Canada.

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