Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week 2012

Freedom to Read Week
is a yearly event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. As Canadians our right to intellectual freedom is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but even in Canada these rights sometimes come under fire.

You can get involved by attending an event in your community and learning more about the freedom of expression we often take for granted here. I’ll be attending a free talk this Saturday at Ryerson University in Toronto.

PEN Canada, Amnesty International, and Ryerson University are hosting a discussion with Zarganar, a Burmese comedian and satirist, who is also a former prisoner of conscience and One Humanity Award winner. The event is free to all. You can find out more about the where and when of it here.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

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