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

Podcast

Can social media hate, lies, and harassment be regulated? How?

The wonderful potential of social media has a dangerous and damaging dark side directed disproportionately to women and marginalized people. Solutions seem elusive given social media’s anonymity, the permanence of its record, and the capacity of cyberabuse to go viral.

Podcast

Free Expression and National Interests: The Case of China

As U.S. cultural influence slips, China is ramping up its use of cultural, educational and diplomatic initiatives to influence and control expression and its image in Canada and elsewhere.

Podcast

Defunding Difference and Dissent on Campus: Why Should Canadians Care?

Ontario Premier Ford claims to be a champion of free speech but is undermining the ability of students to be heard.

Podcast

Countering “Hate Speech”

Canadians and Canadian universities are struggling with the rise of hate and hateful speech. Demands for censorship are growing. But do tougher laws and university regulations against “hate speech” work?

Podcast

Privilege and Power

How does talk of "privilege" both illuminate and obscure our society's most basic concentrations of power?