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.


BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Free Expression in Canada Today: One Woman's View

February 18, 2020 - Lydia Perovic, a journalist who moved to Canada from Montenegro in 1999, considers the health of free expression in Canada today.

Her essay appears in the March issue of the Literary Review of Canada.

Blog Post

Have we Lost the Plot with Polanski?

Roman Polanksi’s back in the news again, this time because of the 12 César Academy nominations he received for his latest film, 

By Ummni Khan

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Ontario Judge Rules Against Anonymous Defendants in Online Defamation Dispute

February 5, 2020 - In an Ontario courtroom, a judge recently ruled against several anonymous defendants who had posted defamatory messages on the Internet.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec Libraries Remove the Works of Gabriel Matzneff

February 4, 2020 - In Quebec, public libraries in Montreal and Gatineau have withdrawn the works of Gabriel Matzneff from their collections.


Can social media hate, lies, and harassment be regulated? How?

The wonderful potential of social media has a dangerous and damaging dark side directed disproportionately to women and marginalized people. Solutions seem elusive given social media’s anonymity, the permanence of its record, and the capacity of cyberabuse to go viral.