The Issue

Censorship restricts what the public can see, read, hear and know. It happens when some people succeed in imposing their political or moral values on others by suppressing words, images, or ideas to which they object

Why It Matters

Freedom of expression rights are fragile and endangered by efforts of governments, special interest groups or individuals to impose their viewpoints by blocking access to that which they do not approve.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression upholds the freedom of the public to read, to hear, to see, to know and to think for themselves.  We monitor censorship in Canada, and, through public education and advocacy, we promote free expression.



Populism and Free Speech

By Jon Thompson

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick

July 11, 2019



The Centre for Free Expression is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Occasional Paper Series, “Populism and Free Speech” by Jon Thompson. The paper explores the contradictory history of populism -- at times a force for social justice and at other times  to undermine democratic rights of marginalized groups. Thompson  argues that progressive populist action is required to successfully deal with the existential challenges of nuclear war, climate change and chemical pollution. 

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Federal Government Committee Publishes Its Report about Online Hatred

July 4, 2019 - In June 2019, the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa published a report about hateful expression on the Internet.


Die Kasseler Liste

Die Kasseler Liste is an online searchable database of books that have been, or currently are, banned or censored somewhere in the world.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Fear and Loathing in Young-Adult Publishing

June 21, 2019 - In the world of young-adult publishing, some fiction authors face barrages of abuse and threats — including death threats — on social media for their portrayals of minority characters and different cultures.