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.

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BPC Bulletins: BPC Bulletins: Mike Ward

January 18, 2019 - In Montreal, the Quebec Court of Appeal is hearing Mike Ward’s appeal of a decision of Quebec’s human rights tribunal.

BPC Bulletins: BPC Bulletins: Canada Post and Your Ward News

November 23, 2018 - Carla Qualtrough, the federal minister of public services, has permanently ordered Canada Post to cease delivery of Toronto’s Your Ward News.

Upcoming Event: CFE Film Series on Repression, Dissent, and Free Expression

2018/2019 Screening Schedule

Past Event: CFE Film Series: The Lives of Others

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Podcast: Countering “Hate Speech”

Canadians and Canadian universities are struggling with the rise of hate and hateful speech. Demands for censorship are growing. But do tougher laws and university regulations against “hate speech” work?