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.
Sept 12, 2019 - In Quebec City, an exhibition about censorship and its manifestations is expected to occur this month.
Sept 1, 2019 - In Toronto, the publisher and editor of Your Ward News have been sentenced in court for promoting hatred against women and Jews.
LeRoy St. Germaine, the paper’s publisher, was sentenced to 12 months of strict house arrest.
August 19, 2019 - In northwestern British Columbia, the Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) is trying to legally silence one of its employees.
Can Public Libraries Maintain Their Commitment to Intellectual Freedom in the Face of Outrage over Unpopular Speakers?
An unprecedented number of public disputes have erupted across Canada in recent years about meeting room bookings and speaker’s events in the country’s public libraries. Most disturbingly, critics have ignored, disparaged, and frequently rebuffed the time-honoured commitments of Canadian public libraries to freedom of expression and unfettered access to library services.