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.


Blog Post

Free Expression Walks into a Bar, Part 2: How Stand-up Comedy Became the Target of Censorship

Historically, stand-up comedy has pushed expressive boundaries and found itself at the forefront of battles over free expression. In Part 1 of this series, I made the case that stand-up comedy, even the deliberately offensive kind, can tell us something important about free expression. 

By Dax D’Orazio

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Digital Transnational Repression in Canada

May 18, 2022 - Authoritarian governments outside Canada use digital devices and the internet to repress foreign-born political activists and dissidents in Canada.

Blog Post

Freedom of Expression and the Charter: 1982-2022 (Part 2 of 5)

Day in and out, the news attests that freedom of expression is as precarious as ever, in Canada and around the world – imploring us at all times to remain vigilant and not take freedom for granted. 

By Jamie Cameron

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec's Human Rights Commission to Drop "Discriminatory Speech" Cases

May 9, 2022 - In Quebec, the provincial human rights commission is investigating approximately 100 cases that allege the use of “discriminatory speech” this year.