BPC Bulletin: Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee


On February 18, 2019, just before Freedom to Read Week, a panel of self-described left-wing artists, academics and activists participated in a panel discussion at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. The title of the event: Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left.

The discussion, which lasted almost two hours, was recorded on video and posted on YouTube on March 12, 2019:


Moderator: Carmen Aguirre


  • Samir Gandesha
  • Sky Gilbert
  • Morgane Oger
  • Omari Newton
  • Micheal Vonn

Thanks go to Mark Leiren-Young who forwarded the video.


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