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.


BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: New Book: Promenade en Enfer

July 23, 2019 - A new history of censorship has appeared: Pierrette Lafond’s Promenade en Enfer: Les livres à l'index de la bibliothèque historique du Séminaire de Québec.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Federal Government Committee Publishes Its Report about Online Hatred

July 4, 2019 - In June 2019, the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa published a report about hateful expression on the Internet.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Fear and Loathing in Young-Adult Publishing

June 21, 2019 - In the world of young-adult publishing, some fiction authors face barrages of abuse and threats — including death threats — on social media for their portrayals of minority characters and different cultures.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Federal Government Committee Considers Hateful Expression on the Internet

June 12, 2019 - In Ottawa, a federal government committee is considering ways to stem the tide of hate propaganda and incitement to hatred on the Internet.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The Christchurch Call to Action and Canada's Digital Charter

June 3, 2019 - The Canadian government is taking new steps to counter hate speech, misinformation and other threats on the Internet.