Canada’s 2015 report card on freedom of expression

From Pew research: In Washington, D.C., the Pew Research Center has released a new report about attitudes toward free expression around the world.

The 58-page report is titled Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Free Speech.


“Roughly six-in-ten or more in the U.S. (77%), Canada (64%), Australia (62%), and the Philippines (59%) support allowing speech that is offensive to their own religious beliefs.”

A breakdown would be interesting here. Especially in view of:

”Roughly half or more in 27 of the 38 countries surveyed say the government should be able to prevent the media from publishing information about sensitive issues related to national security. This includes majorities in many of the publics that expressed widespread support for free speech and a free press on other topics, such as the U.K. (66% say government should be able to restrict), the U.S. (59%), Canada (56%) and France (54%).”

In short, all a religious group need do is create enough mayhem if it feels insulted that it becomes a national security issue, and support for freedom of expression about religion will melt away.

Reality check: When did you last waste time paying attention to media unable and unwilling to draw out the implications of this fact?

See also: Canadian U campuses show marginal intellectual freedom improvement

Hat tip:Franklin Carter at the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I don’t care what the report card says.
    As long as you can get thrown in jail, fined, or otherwise punished by your own government for expressing an unpopular political opinion, you don’t have “freedom of expression”.
    Full stop.

    • Expect the noose to tighten under our new “Liberal” government.

      • Exile1981

        If we had truth in politics the libs wouldbe called the Totolitarian party of canada.

    • The stats really don’t matter. Especially in Canada. Even if Canada were ranked with 100% free speech, the fact is Canadians do not have any venues in the Media for free speech — certainly not if your point of view is conservative or libertarian (exceptions are places like this little blog, or jerry-rigged “back alley” programs like Rebel Media).

      If you are shut out of all the major public and private venues, what the hell is the use of free speech?

  • Jim Horne

    Also from Pew Research

    40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities

    • El Martyachi

      There’s always hope.