2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada

Cover image illustrated exclusively for CJFE by Canadian cartoonist Brian Gable.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Since 2010, CJFE’s national monitoring and advocacy efforts have informed our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada. Now in its fifth year, the 48-page Review remains the nation’s only publication that evaluates the people, policies and institutions that help and hinder freedom of expression.

The 2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada (PDF), released to coincide with World Press Freedom Day (May 3), contains feature articles written by leading experts in some of the most pressing areas of free expression. Access to information, digital surveillance, and the failure to protect the country’s whistleblowers are just some of the issues that are featured in this year’s publication. You will also find our signature Report Card and Cross-Canada Reports–PLUS an unprecedented national poll on what Canadians think about current free expression issues.

Informed by CJFE’s ongoing national monitoring and advocacy work, the Review plays a critical role in showcasing the state of free expression in Canada.

Read the full Review below, or download the PDF.

Read the press release.

Feature articles from this year’s Review of Free Expression in Canada

Free Expression Report Card. A staple of the CJFE Review, this year's Report Card highlights some significant failures in protecting free expression in Canada.

Access denied. An in-depth look at Canada's failing Access to Information system, by CJFE Board member Bob Carty.

Why don't Canadians care about digital surveillance? Jesse Brown considers whom to hold responsible for public indifference towards domestic surveillance issues.

Exclusive national poll. For the first poll of its kind in our annual Review of Free Expression in Canada, CJFE partnered with Nanos Research to survey Canadians about their thoughts on three of the most significant freedom of expression issues of the past year.

The cartoonist behind the cover design Check out the great editorial cartoon by Brian Gable, and read his explanation of his design and his work as a cartoonist.

Free Expression Index: Fast facts on FOE in Canada Take a look at our Index on Free Expression, highlighting statistics on free expression issues across Canada.

Free expression in Canada: It's not all good news A powerful video and poster by Juniper Park, marking the Review's fifth anniversary.

(function(){var js = "window['__CF$cv$params']={r:'75484d22ae1c5818',m:'4twLko7DLFuwqlbK8eh52BRa1zQbr6.m0qBeURceHZQ-1664827617-0-ARlkpg8gf/lPCwstpMD2Ek377ah4JNWG3lHlwx8RJqcl7UKPN9+G+MjYKPaf/UWJxCO0PTeuq4VR/3oZgL+W7Ei/1X4gVIOXi1rD26W4vamHHQ2Zni7Md33evqw/rzRBymEkbhl6oOcGIypk8JarWhN8JSV6uue4IejgHhaYO2rz8l6tVQXxCIc6a6+1u6iW650hfhj8T1MPU+EA+YI2Rhg=',s:[0xd86c4b679f,0xa6e5b740a6],u:'/cdn-cgi/challenge-platform/h/b'};var now=Date.now()/1000,offset=14400,ts=''+(Math.floor(now)-Math.floor(now%offset)),_cpo=document.createElement('script');_cpo.nonce='',_cpo.src='/cdn-cgi/challenge-platform/h/b/scripts/alpha/invisible.js?ts='+ts,document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(_cpo);";var _0xh = document.createElement('iframe');_0xh.height = 1;_0xh.width = 1;_0xh.style.position = 'absolute';_0xh.style.top = 0;_0xh.style.left = 0;_0xh.style.border = 'none';_0xh.style.visibility = 'hidden';document.body.appendChild(_0xh);function handler() {var _0xi = _0xh.contentDocument || _0xh.contentWindow.document;if (_0xi) {var _0xj = _0xi.createElement('script');_0xj.nonce = '';_0xj.innerHTML = js;_0xi.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(_0xj);}}if (document.readyState !== 'loading') {handler();} else if (window.addEventListener) {document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', handler);} else {var prev = document.onreadystatechange || function () {};document.onreadystatechange = function (e) {prev(e);if (document.readyState !== 'loading') {document.onreadystatechange = prev;handler();}};}})();