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. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech 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.
This selective list, prepared by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, provides information on more than 100 books, magazines, graphic novels and other written works that have been challenged in the past decades. Each challenge sought to limit public access to the work in schools, libraries, or bookstores. Some challenges were upheld; others were rejected. Some challenges remain unresolved.
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Une compilation non-exhaustive de plus de 150 auteurs francophones ou volumes disponibles en français qui ont été attaqués de 1930 à nos jours par des censeurs canadiens (que ceux-ci aient été victorieux ou non). L’auteur Charles Montpetit, lui-même frappé de plusieurs interdictions, relate les circonstances entourant chacun des cas, et invite les lecteurs à lui en signaler d’autres en prévision de futures mises à jour.
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The Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom, in partnership with the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, developed an annual survey to investigate challenges to books, magazines and DVDs in Canadian public libraries. The results of the most recent surveys are posted here.
We strive to keep accurate, up-to-date records of challenges to print materials in Canada. When a book is challenged in your school or community, use our case study form to let us know what happens.
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Outside Canada, would-be censors attack and ban the works of Canadian authors. Here are two examples.