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

Blog Post

Don’t Throw Rosemary’s Baby Out with the Bathwater

Roman Polanski does not deserve to be vilified or cancelled, despite his conviction of sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1978, and more recent allegations by women who state that he sexually abuse

By Ummni Khan

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Why We Defend Nasty Speech

I don’t know about you, but I am not fond of humour that is aimed at humiliating or degrading individuals, even if those individuals are public figures.

By Danielle S. McLaughlin

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Ugly Voices: What's the Point of Covering Hate?

It’s a 44-year-old story that no self-respecting news organization anywhere would publish today—certainly not in the form it took. 

And is that a good thing?

By Ivor Shapiro

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It’s Complicated: Six Things Worth Discussing About Free Speech

Well, hello again. Having ended last month's column with a candid appeal for readers to "talk back" about free speech, I was grateful to those who took me at my word. They made me think new thoughts, which is, of course, the whole idea.

By Ivor Shapiro

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Prophet Cartoons and Free Expression

France’s obsession with depicting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is back in the news following the murder of middle school teacher, Samuel Paty last month for showing his students a cartoon of th

By Abbas Kassam