Freedom to Read Week is just over a month away!

Can it be true? Freedom to Read Week is just over a month away! We have tons of updates for you on upcoming events and ways that you can get involved with FTRW 2013. We’d love your help! We’ve already started shipping the FTRW 2013 posters, and our kits should be on their way soon, […]

PEN Canada Presents the Torture Report: Larry Siems on the Bush Administration’s Torture Policy

What do U.S government documents say about torture under the Bush Administration? In partnership with Ryerson University, PEN Canada invites Larry Siems from PEN American Center to speak about what emerged from his review of more than 140,000 government documents relating to detainee abuse during the “global war on terror,” brought to light by Freedom […]

UN Conference on the Internet

In Dubai, the latest meeting of the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has closed. Among other things, delegates from 151 states debated regulation and control of the Internet. Here is the ITU’s official press release: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/92.aspx The Economist comments: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/12/internet-regulation For CNET News, Declan McCullagh writes: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559034-38/u.n-summit-implodes-as-u.s-others-spurn-internet-treaty/ McCullagh writes here as well: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559503-38/u.n-summits-meltdown-ignites-new-internet-cold-war/ For Forbes, […]

Freedom of Expression, Religion, and Access to Information

In Canada, several religious and secularist spokespersons recently expressed their thoughts about the balance—or conflict—between freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Their thoughts appear in the Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Religion+Experts+Does+freedom+expression+trump+freedom+religion/7668111/story.html The Centre for Law and Democracy ranks “the strength and effectiveness” of access to information laws around the globe. According to this organization, Canada ranks […]

New type of book challenge reported in Canadian libraries

OTTAWA — The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2011. For the first time in six years of the survey, an entire genre of resources – graphic novels – was challenged for removal from a library’s […]

2012 Freedom to Read Week: Why It Matters!

Focusing Attention on Our Right to Choose For twenty-eight years, the Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee have organized Freedom to Read Week (FTRW). This annual, national event reminds Canadians why we must remain vigilant in protecting our right to free expression — a right that is too frequently challenged to […]

Internet Links Not Libel, Top Court Rules

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that hyperlinking to defamatory material on the Internet does not constitute publishing the defamatory material itself. For details, see the following media reports: Hyperlinking not Libel: Supreme Court, Openfile, October 19, 2011 In Canada, Hyperlinking Isn’t the Same as Publishing, P2P.net, October 19, 2011 Internet Links Not Libel, […]

Bluewater Board Wants to Ban The Wars

Parents from the Bluewater District School Board want The Wars by Timothy Findley removed from all classrooms in the district. For details, see the following media reports: “Ontario Parents Want Acclaimed Book Banned from Classrooms,” Sun News, May 18, 2001 Lindsey Kuglin, “Bluewater Board Petitioned to Ban ‘Depraved’ Book,” Walkerton Herald-Times, May 24, 2011

Whitewashing Mark Twain

NewSouth Books’ plan to publish a sanitized edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is still provoking comment in Canada. One issue is whether such books should be used in public schools. George Elliott Clarke comments: “N-Word Wickedness,” Now, January 27-February 3, 2011 Elizabeth May comments: “Elizabeth May on […]

Rohinton Mistry Target of Censorship Attempt in India

In India, Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey is the target of a censorship attempt. Mistry is an acclaimed Canadian novelist, and Such a Long Journey was published in 1991. Graeme Smith, “Censorship battle rages in India over Mistry novel,” The Globe and Mail, October 15, 2010 Prachi Pinglay, “Booker author Rohinton Mistry in Mumbai university row,” BBC News, October […]