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Freedom of Expression and the Public's Right to Know

Genuine democracy, advancement of knowledge, individual self-development, and social justice depend on a society in which freedom of expression and the right to know are a reality for everyone. The Centre for Free Expression works to advance these rights though public education, advocacy, law reform, research, advisory services, policy analysis, assistance to courts, and organizational collaborations.

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Blog May 16, 2023

What Ida B. Wells can teach journalists about the value of objectivity

After the 2016 election of Donald Trump and the 2020 murder of George Floyd, many journalists argued that the press needed to abandon its traditional commitment to objectivity. Electrifying a decades-old skepticism of objectivity with a sense of political crisis, these journalists charged that while objectivity purports to be about neutrality, it really only serves power.
News May 9, 2023

Ross Alderson awarded 2023 Peter Bryce Prize

Ross Alderson, former director of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation's anti-money laundering office, was awarded 2023 Peter Bryce Prize.  Awarded annually by the Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University, the Peter Bryce Prize honours individuals who serve the greater good by courageously speaking up about wrongdoing and abuses of public trust.
Policy Submission April 26, 2023

CFE Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates on Bill C-290, An Act to amend the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. (PSDPA)

In its submission, CFE details the important improvements Bill C-290 will make to the current, deeply flawed, federal whistleblower protection legislation. It recommends that C-290 be passed and given royal assent as soon as possible. At the same time, CFE makes clear that, while vastly improved by C-290 changes, some serious shortcomings of the PSDPA remain and that further changes are required to bring it up to international best practice standards.