Freedom to Read Week puts censorship and surveillance in the spotlight

Events throughout Toronto celebrate free expression

Toronto, February 2, 2015 — The Book and Periodical Council is pleased to announce the lineup of Toronto events for the 2015 edition of Freedom to Read Week, which runs from February 22 to 28.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom through celebration, discussion and debate. Toronto events this year focus on the changing circumstances for writers and journalists in an era of mass surveillance and libel chill. These events are presented by the Book and Periodical Council, PEN Canada, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and the Toronto Public Library.

Additional events take place at locations across Canada. A list of events outside Toronto is available at freedomtoread.ca.

 

LISTINGS

Presented by the Book and Periodical Council
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm). Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave.

READ, WRITE, SPEAK.
Free Expression Champions on Self-Censorship, Libel Law and Access to Information

Celebrate freedom of expression with the people who speak up to defend it. Join media lawyer Brian MacLeod Rogers in conversation with investigative reporter and author Paula Todd. Plus, learn more about the work of two free expression award-winners with special award presentations from the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Canadian Library Association.

Award winners to be announced in early February.

Tickets: FREE, but donations to Freedom to Read Week are welcomed.

Info: freedomtoread.ca/events | 416-975-9366

 

Other Freedom to Read Week Events in Toronto

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:00pm. North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St.
THE DEATH OF DISSENT: HOW GOVERNMENTS KILL CRITICISM

Civil society is feeling a chill: Canada Revenue Agency audits have hit charities and policy groups, and scientists have been defunded or had their reports tied up in red tape. Tom Henheffer, executive director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), talks about the ways in which a culture of secrecy in Ottawa is shutting down investigative journalism in Canada.

Tickets: FREE, but registration is requested.

Registration: by phone: 416-395-5660 | in person: at the branch.

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 – 8:00pm. Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave.
CANADIAN JOURNALISTS AND COVERAGE OF THE GAZA WAR

Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica explores how the war was covered by Canadian journalists. This event takes place at several times and locations throughout Freedom to Read Week.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-393-7783

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 – 8:00pm. Yorkville Library, 22 Yorkville Ave.
CANADIAN JOURNALISTS AND COVERAGE OF THE GAZA WAR

Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica explores how the war was covered by Canadian journalists. This event takes place at several times and locations throughout Freedom to Read Week.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-393-7660

Friday, February 27, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Declining revenues, downsized newsrooms and digital strategies. A panel of print, broadcast and digital journalists considers the agenda of public interest newsgathering in a transformed media landscape.

Panellists Mark Bourrie, a journalist and historian, Kathy English, public editor of the Toronto Star, and Linden MacIntyre, a broadcast journalist and long-time co-host of CBC’s the fifth estate, participate in a discussion moderated by Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown.

Tickets: $15 suggested donation. All proceeds to PEN Canada.

Info: pencanada.ca | 416-703-8448

 

Beyond Freedom to Read Week

Saturday, March 7, 3:00 – 4:00pm. Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. N.
CANADIAN JOURNALISTS AND COVERAGE OF THE GAZA WAR

Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica explores how the war was covered by Canadian journalists. This event takes place at several times and locations throughout Freedom to Read Week.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-394-5240

Thursday, March 12, 2:00 – 3:15pm. Deer Park Library, 40 St. Clair Ave. E.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF LITERARY CENSORSHIP

Pearce Carefoote of the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library offers a brief historical overview of the development of literary censorship from the Renaissance to the present day, focusing not so much on its morality as its futility.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-393-7657

 

About Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, a group committed to promoting intellectual freedom in Canada. Since 1978, the Freedom of Expression Committee has worked with educators, librarians, publishers, writers, booksellers, advocacy groups and the community at large to provide information that addresses censorship and book and magazine challenges in Canada.

Freedom to Read Week is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, visit freedomtoread.ca.

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