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.
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.
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.
February 5, 2020 - In an Ontario courtroom, a judge recently ruled against several anonymous defendants who had posted defamatory messages on the Internet.
February 4, 2020 - In Quebec, public libraries in Montreal and Gatineau have withdrawn the works of Gabriel Matzneff from their collections.
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.
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