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.



CFE Virtual Forum Series: Platforms of Distortion – Can They Be Fixed?

Digital platforms are perfect delivery systems for gossip and entertainment. Unfortunately they now distribute most of our news.


CFE Virtual Forum Series: Has Our Fear of Offending Gone Too Far?

How has the treatment of conflicting views changed in recent years? What does it mean for democratic discussion and practice?

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: New Book on Free Expression Wins a Prize

In Quebec, a new book about freedom of expression has won a literary prize.


CFE Virtual Forum Series: Who is ‘Free’ to Speak of “Genocide”?

When the The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was published, the use of this term “genocide” triggered academic controversy, media frenzy, and strong reactions across Indian country and settler society.

Blog Post

Censorship in Canadian Schools

When there is a news report about books being challenged in a school library learning commons, it is often because the item was removed at the direction of the school or district administration fol

By Richard Beaudry