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

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.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library- Part 3

October 29, 2019 - People continue to write about the scheduled speaking engagement of Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, at the Palmerston branch of the Toronto Public Library.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library - Part 2

October 23, 2019 - The Toronto Public Library has permitted Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, to speak on October 29, 2019. However, a group of authors has launched a petition to protest the event.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library - Part 1

October 18, 2019 - The Toronto Public Library has allowed Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, to book space for a public speaking event on October 29, 2019. However, a group of authors has launched a petition to protest the event.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Vancouver Public Library Revises Room-Booking Policy

October 3, 2019 - The board of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has approved a revised policy for people who wish to book library rooms and equipment.