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

Upcoming Event

Cancel Culture, Censorship, and Free Expression

Panelists: Piers Benn, Christina de Castell, Inaya Folarin-Iman, Eric Lybeck

Moderator: James L. Turk

Blog Post

Prophet Cartoons and Free Expression

France’s obsession with depicting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is back in the news following the murder of middle school teacher, Samuel Paty last month for showing his students a cartoon of th

By Abbas Kassam

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec Won't Appeal Acquittals of Horror-Novel Author and Publisher

October 27, 2020 - In Quebec, the director of criminal and penal prosecutions has decided not to appeal the acquittals of the author and publisher of Hansel et Gretel.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: A New History: Burning the Books

October 21, 2020 - A new book — Richard Ovenden’s Burning the Books — appeared earlier this year. It is a history of book burning and resistance to book burning.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Internet Freedom Around the World in 2020

October 19, 2020 - Governments around the world are using the COVID-19 pandemic to justify greater censorship and surveillance on the Internet, says a report published by Freedom House in the United States.