FOE Committee Drafts Letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier

The Issues Group within the BPC’s Freedom of Expression Committee drafted the following letter in reaction to the proposed increase of sales tax on books and the planned closure of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. The letter was sent to Premier Ball, as well as provincial cabinet ministers Cathy Bennett, Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore. […]

Journalist and Author Mohamed Fahmy Wins Freedom to Read Award

>>From the Writer’s Union of Canada Journalist and Author Mohamed Fahmy Wins Freedom to Read Award — free speech advocate was imprisoned for his work covering the Arab Spring — Toronto – February 22, 2016 – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is very proud to announce that Mohamed Fahmy, journalist and author, is the […]

Annoucing Freedom to Read Week 2016: February 21-27

ANNOUNCING FREEDOM TO READ WEEK 2016: FEBRUARY 21 – 27 Events across Canada celebrate freedom of expression, challenge censorship Toronto, January 26, 2016 — The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 32nd annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression […]

Canadian Library Association Releases 2014 Survey of Challenges to Resources and Policies in Canadian Libraries: Guaranteeing Library Access to “All” Expression?

>>From the Canadian Library Association Canadian Library Association Releases 2014 Survey of Challenges to Resources and Policies in Canadian Libraries: Guaranteeing Library Access to “All” Expression? The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its ninth annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2014. Nazi occultism in […]

CCLA and CJFE mount Charter challenge against Bill C-51

>>From Canadian Journalists for Free Expression TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are initiating a Charter challenge today against key sections of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. The legislation presents disturbing implications for free speech, privacy, the powers of government, including CSIS, […]

CJFE launches new fellowship supporting Canadian free expression initiatives

TORONTO (May 21, 2015) – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is excited to announce the Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship, which will provide financial support to individuals or groups working on projects that further the growth of free expression in Canada. The Fellowship will be awarded annually to aid projects that contribute to the […]

Franke James receives the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

>>From Pen Canada TORONTO, May 26, 2015 – Writer, artist and environmental activist Franke James will receive the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize at PEN Canada’s Ideas in Dialogue event, June 2. Introduced in 2014 in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, member of PEN’s Canadian Issues Committee and former Chair of the Manitoba Human Rights […]

Christiane Amanpour named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression

29 April 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide has named renowned journalist and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. Ms. Amanpour received the honour during a ceremony at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in […]

American Library Association releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015

>>See the full report. In 2014, the Office for Intellectual Freedom received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eighty percent of the 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books reflect diverse authors and cultural content. The 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books include: […]

PEN Canada announces the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

>>From the PEN Canada website The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize is given annually to an individual or institution in Canada who has demonstrated courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. The prize is worth $1,000. The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize is named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg […]