Brave journalists and media organisations from Russia and Eastern Europe to be awarded Press Prizes

June 24 2015
The Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung invite the public to attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 12.00 h.

The six journalists and media organisations who will be awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Press Prizes at the The Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo are the weekly newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya and editor Galina Timchenko from Russia, the news agency Slidstvo.Info and the journalists Serhiy Harmash and Valentyna Samar from Ukraine, along with the online news medium Netgazeti from Georgia.

Read more about the laureates here.

Attendees are asked to please register by sending an email to


Improvisation: “Song of India”
from the opera Sadko by Rimsky-Korsakov

Sigrun Slapgard, Foreign Reporter and Member of the Board of Trustees, Fritt Ord Foundation

Speech of congratulations to the prize laureates
Morten Høglund, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A never-ending challenge?
Manfred Lahnstein, Professor and Chair of the Board of Trustees, ZEIT-Stiftung

“En fermant les yeux”
from the opera Manon by Massenet

Address on behalf of the jury
Theo Sommer, Chair of the Jury

Awarding of the 2015 Press Prizes to

  • the weekly newspaper Pskovskaya Gubernya (Russia)
  • the journalist Galina Timchenko (Russia)
  • the agency for investigative journalism Slidstvo.Info (Ukraine)
  • the journalist Serhiy Harmash (Ukraine)
  • the journalist Valentyna Samar (Ukraine)
  • the news and multimedia portal Netgazeti (Georgia)

Speech on behalf of the Laureates

Dmitrij Gnap, journalist (Ukraine)
Lev Schlosberg, founder of Pskovskaya Gubernya (Russia)

by F.P. Tosti

Håkon Kornstad (saxophone, vocals)
Frode Haltli (accordion)
Mats Eilertsen (double bass)

Buffet lunch