Artistic Expression

The Issue

Artistic expression is currently being endangered by the fragmentation of society into increasingly inward-focused social groupings that reject alternative perspectives and questions to their taken-for-granted reality. 

Why It Matters

Artistic expression has been a principal way in which the most important aspects of our common humanity have come to be understood and communicated. 

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression engages the public in dialogue about the importance of artistic expression and supports artists when there are attempts to restrict or suppress their work. The Centre is particularly interested in how social media contributes to the fragmentation of society and the chilling of artistic expression.

Resources

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec Won't Appeal Acquittals of Horror-Novel Author and Publisher

October 27, 2020 - In Quebec, the director of criminal and penal prosecutions has decided not to appeal the acquittals of the author and publisher of Hansel et Gretel.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: A New History: Burning the Books

October 21, 2020 - A new book — Richard Ovenden’s Burning the Books — appeared earlier this year. It is a history of book burning and resistance to book burning.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Author and Publisher of "Hansel et Gretel" Acquitted in Quebec Court (2)

October 9, 2020 - Last month, a judge in the Superior Court of Quebec acquitted a fiction author and a book publisher of child pornography charges.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Author and Publisher of "Hansel et Gretel" Acquitted in Quebec Court

October 1, 2020 - In the Superior Court of Quebec, a judge has acquitted a fiction author and a book publisher of child pornography charges.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Sensitivity or Censorship in Modern Fiction

October 31, 2019 - A sensitivity reader is someone who reads a manuscript with the express purpose of identifying and questioning plot elements, characters, language, and tropes that come across as inauthentic, lazy, stereotypical, or downright offensive.