Censorship

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.

Resources

Blog Post

Why We Defend Nasty Speech

I don’t know about you, but I am not fond of humour that is aimed at humiliating or degrading individuals, even if those individuals are public figures.

By Danielle S. McLaughlin

Podcast

Cancel Culture, Censorship, and Free Expression

Panelists: Piers Benn, Christina de Castell, Inaya Folarin-Iman, Eric Lybeck

Moderator: James L. Turk

Blog Post

Ugly Voices: What's the Point of Covering Hate?

It’s a 44-year-old story that no self-respecting news organization anywhere would publish today—certainly not in the form it took. 

And is that a good thing?

By Ivor Shapiro

Upcoming Event

Anti-Black Racism and Language

Vershawn Young - In Conversation with Awad Ibrahim​

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Publisher's Staff Protest Forthcoming Jordan Peterson Book

November 25, 2020 - At Penguin Random House Canada, employees have protested the book company’s decision to publish Jordan Peterson’s next book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.