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.



Free Expression and National Interests: The Case of China

As U.S. cultural influence slips, China is ramping up its use of cultural, educational and diplomatic initiatives to influence and control expression and its image in Canada and elsewhere.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Trademark Protection v. Satire

April 10, 2019 - On April 1, 2019, Quebec’s Superior Court of Justice began to hear the dispute between Québecor and the Journal de Mourréal.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Morgane Oger v. William Whatcott

April 8, 2019 - On March 27, 2019, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled on a dispute between Morgane Oger and William Whatcott.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec Police Confiscate Horror Novel; Author and Publisher Face Porn Charges

March, 25, 2019 - On March 14, 2019, police in Quebec raided the home of author Yvan Godbout and the office of publisher Nycolas Doucet. The police confiscated copies of Mr. Godbout’s horror novel Hansel et Gretel.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left

On February 18, 2019, just before Freedom to Read Week, a panel of self-described left-wing artists, academics and activists participated in a panel discussion at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.