Freedom to Read Week:
February 24 – March 2
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
“Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms . . . thought, belief, opinion, and expression.” — Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, which is an organization for associations involved in the writing and editing, publishing and manufacturing, distribution, and selling and lending of books and periodicals in Canada.
Freedom to read is indicative of the fundamental right to the freedom of expression for all Canadians.
The Freedom of Expression Committee supports this as it works to monitor censorship issues and opposes all efforts to suppress writing and silence writers.
This annual event that begins today, February 24 and lasts until March 2, encourages us to celebrate our love of reading, reaffirm our support of literacy, and commitment to intellectual freedom.
Here is a list of challenged works in the past decade, which have sought to limit our accessibility to them in schools, libraries, and bookstores. While some have been dismissed, many are still upheld.
To see how you might help to raise awareness and get involved in the Freedom to Read campaign and celebrate Freedom to Read Week,
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What books on the list of Challenged Works have you read, enjoyed, and was able to benefit from in its ability to showcase controversial issues?
How do you feel about censorship of books in Canada?
How will you participate and celebrate The Freedom to Read Week?