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

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: B.C. Legal Journal Cautioned About Publishing Article

March 14, 2021 - In Vancouver, while researching an article about sexual orientation and pronoun use in B.C.’s courts, the editors of The Advocate began to receive legal warnings about publishing the article.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Free Speech and Canadian Reticence

March 5, 2021 - Canada is the fifth-best democracy in the world,1 but only a fifth of all Canadians are comfortable expressing their political opinions in public.2 Why?

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BPC Bulletin: Freedom to Read Week 2021

March 4, 2021 - In Canada, Freedom to Read Week ended on February 27. The national event caught the attention of journalists in several Canadian communities.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Hears a Case About the Limits of Comedy

February 22, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada heard the dispute between Mike Ward, a stand-up comedian, and the Quebec human rights commission on February 15.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Boycott of Canadian Lawyer Magazine (2)

February 17, 2021 - In February 2021, more than 160 lawyers, law professors and others signed a letter that endorses a boycott of Canadian Lawyer magazine.