Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Freedom To Read Week

Feb 24 to March 1st 2008 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. It's important that we don't forget the many freedoms and liberties that we often take for granted living in country where we are allowed to choose what we read, hear and see.

Freedom to Read Week 2008

But rather than re-hash the important statement, I'm going to quote from the Freedom to Read website:

The Book and Periodical Council encourages all Canadians to read challenged books and magazines during Freedom to Read Week (FTRW).

"Canadians often take our freedom to read for granted, but it's a right that regularly comes under fire," says Emily Sinkins, Chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. "Whenever books are removed from school library shelves or journalists are silenced by the threat of legal action, we're reminded how important it is to fight for the free exchange of ideas between writers and readers."

During Freedom to Read Week, the BPC urges Canadians to use their right to choose what they read and to celebrate Canadians who fight to protect that right from would-be censors.

Check out a list of "challenged" books by clicking here.

1 comment:

Rainypete said...

I'm happy to report that I make excessive use of that freedom on a daily basis. I have a stack of books by my bedside that are in rotation.