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.
September 1, 2020 -This week, the trial of 14 people begins in a courtroom in Paris, France. All are suspected of helping Islamist terrorists attack the office of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, and a kosher supermarket in January 2015.
August 14, 2020 - Two recent articles in U.S. magazines examine the liberal idea of free speech and its critics.
More than 140 intellectuals and artists — including authors and editors — have signed an open letter that welcomes current demands for racial justice and greater equality but also warns against increasing intolerance and censoriousness in public debate.
In Quebec, a new book about freedom of expression has won a literary prize.
February 18, 2020 - Lydia Perovic, a journalist who moved to Canada from Montenegro in 1999, considers the health of free expression in Canada today.
Her essay appears in the March issue of the Literary Review of Canada.
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