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
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BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The CBSA's Quarterly Lists of Prohibited Publications

March 13, 2019 - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has provided two new lists of imported publications that the CBSA detained in the second half of 2018.

Upcoming Event

Free Expression and National Interests: The Case of China

Panelists: Clive Hamilton, Cheuk Kwan, Jan Wong

Moderator: Lisa Taylor

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletins: The Quebec Press Act

March 10, 2019 - On February 18, 2019, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the Quebec Press Act does not apply to articles on the Internet.

Blog Post

A Travesty of Fairness: Your Ward News, Canada Post, and the CPCA Review Board

Your Ward News (YWN) is a publication of unremitting offensiveness – in truth it is little more than a senseless and grotesque cartoon. Yet that is largely beside the point under the Charter. Though it took time and a concerted campaign by those offended by YWN’s existence, the law’s force was eventually brought to bear on its publishers.

Podcast

Defunding Difference and Dissent on Campus: Why Should Canadians Care?

Ontario Premier Ford claims to be a champion of free speech but is undermining the ability of students to be heard.