Champions of Free Expression

Challenges to the Written Word

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

See our Challenged Works section for the real story on censorship in Canada.

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

February 22-28, 2015

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“I love my freedom to read whatever I want.”

That joyous phrase has been doing its sassy dance in my head since I first saw Franke James’s vibrant illustration for Freedom to Read Week 2015. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your freedom to read than to dive into the bounty of articles served up in this year’s Freedom to Read review. [more…]

Read, Write, Speak event

30 Challenged Publications

Canadians have long tried to remove books and magazines that they deem offensive, or inappropriate for certain audiences, from public libraries and schools. Sometimes they have succeeded and sometimes they have failed. To mark Freedom to Read Week, we present 30 of their targets in recent decades. Download the poster.

Bienvenue aux francophones!

Sur le présent site, vous trouverez une compilation de plus de 150 auteur‑es francophones ou documents disponibles en français qui ont été l’objet d’attaques depuis 1930 au Canada. L’écrivain Charles Montpetit, lui-même frappé de plusieurs interdictions, relate les circonstances entourant chacun des cas, et invite le public à lui en signaler d’autres en prévision de futures mises à jour.