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.

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Podcast: Privilege and Power

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

Upcoming Event: Countering “Hate Speech”

Speaker: Nadine Strossen

Blog Post: We do have nice tits; Thank you for noticing! (Or, An Intersectional Pleasure-Positive Defence of Catcalling)

Co-authored by Maggie FitzGerald.

Unpopular opinion: We love to be catcalled.

It can be friendly or flirtatious. Affirming or exciting. For some, afleeting moment of eroticism. 

By Ummni Khan

Past Event: Privilege and Power

Panelists: Asam Ahmad, Phoebe Maltz Bovy, Sedina Fiati

Moderator: Daniel Karasik

Past Event: The Censorship of Art

Panelists: Tim Edler, Anielika Sykes, Hooley McLaughlin

Moderator: Paul Kennedy