Freedom to Read Week
Though it never reaches the news, there is a ton of censorship in Canada. I don’t agree with censorship and never will so I think it is extremely important to raise awareness for this issue. We should never take away someone’s right to express themselves, we should never steal someones voice, we should never force our opinions on others or destroy someone’s work.
Freedom to Read Week encourages the reading of banned books, the spreading of knowledge on censorship and more importantly freedom of expression. Here is an excerpt of their mission statement:
Freedom of expression is a fundamental right of all Canadians, and freedom to read is part of that precious heritage. Our Committee, representing member organizations and associations of the Book and Periodical Council, reaffirms its support of this vital principle and opposes all efforts to suppress writing and silence writers. Words and images in their myriad configurations are the substance of free expression.
So get out there and shout out in any way you can to prevent the censorship of books and the silencing of talent.
Where do you stand on the issue of censorship? I’d love to hear from you!