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

Cultural Appropriation in Coldplay’s “Hymn For the Weekend” Video: An Orgasmic Defence
July 26, 2017 by Ummni Khan

As a Brown woman, I have experienced some harassment over the years.  On the mild side, acquaintances have inquired whether I am a Muslim fundamentalist, it has been suggested that I landed a faculty position because I am racialized, and the epithet “Paki” has been hurled at me on occasion.  On the extreme side, a Molotov cocktail was placed under my mother’s car after we had an altercation with former White neighbors (they objected to our use of the front lawn, where extended family would sometimes gather for BBQ parties, Bhangra music and card-playing).  The bomb never went off.

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Upcoming Events

The CFE has concluded its public events for 2016-17. The 2017-18 series will begin in September, with details to be posted in late summer.

See Past Events and Podcasts.

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Call for nominations – Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy
July 20, 2017

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are inviting nominations for the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy.

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