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.
November 25, 2020 - At Penguin Random House Canada, employees have protested the book company’s decision to publish Jordan Peterson’s next book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.
November 25, 2020 - James Sears, the former editor of Your Ward News, recently appeared in a Toronto courtroom to appeal his conviction for wilfully promoting hatred against women and Jews.
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.
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.
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.