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Working grants to nine satirical artists

September 3 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation is awarding working grants to nine artists, each of whom, in their own way, uses satirical art as a medium for criticising power figures and power structures through visual expressions.

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Feature article: No man is an island

August 31 2021

Utøya Island and CEO Jørgen Watne Frydnes were awarded the Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute on 21 August 2021. This feature article is an abridged version of the speech delivered at the awards ceremony by Bård Vegar Solhjell, deputy chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation.

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Free thought/free speech – Fritt Ord allocates MNOK 1.5 to freedom of expression projects at public libraries

August 27 2021

This past spring, Fritt Ord invited applications for grants of NOK 60 000 each for debates and discussions based on non-fiction and fiction literature on issues involving freedom of expression. The Foundation received 47 applications, and will award funding to 27 applicants. Altogether, MNOK 1.5 will be divided among libraries all across Norway.

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ALTSÅ named Magazine of the Year

August 26 2021

On 25 August, ALTSÅ was named Magazine of the Year at the annual awards ceremony for the Media Prizes.

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Earmarked funding for Norwegian Journalism

August 24 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation will be granting up to MNOK 25 annually for four years for journalistic projects. This MNOK 100 initiative is entitled Norwegian Journalism.

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Five Belarusian journalists and media institutions awarded Fritt Ord's Free Media Awards for 2021

August 12 2021

The situation for independent journalists and media outlets in Belarus is alarming and, since the presidential election in August 2020, it has been dramatic. This year’s Free Media Awards, which are earmarked for journalists and media all across Eastern Europe, are being awarded to five journalists, investigative editorial boards and institutions in Belarus, the most dangerous country in Europe for those who work in the media.

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Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute to Utøya Island

July 18 2021

Utøya Island and CEO Jørgen Watne Frydnes are awarded the Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute for making the site of a terrorist attack and mass murder into an arena for knowledge, discussion and resistance.

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The project "The debates on Norway's future" arranges a broadcast of a discussion on 'blue gold'

July 9 2021

“The debates on Norway’s future” demonstrate a new debate concept, involving the Fritt Ord Foundation working all over the country with Amedia, Ferd and the Research Council of Norway to arrange discussions about the most notable current trends in social development in Norway. The series of meetings kicked off in Tromsø in June, and another meeting has been held in Svolvær.

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The Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for critics, 2021-2022

July 6 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation has now awarded its annual grants to critics. At NOK 200 000 each, the grants should result in a steady stream of reviews during the period from August 2021 to August 2022.

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Allocations for ordinary grants of less than NOK 100 000 awarded in June 2021: Festivals

July 2 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s list of allocations has been updated to include grants in response to ordinary project applications for NOK 100 000 or less and minor grants for festivals in June 2021.

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Allocations for ordinary grants of more than NOK 100 000 awarded in June 2021: Documentary films

June 29 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s list of allocations has been updated to include grants in response to ordinary project applications for NOK 100 000 or more and major grants for Norwegian Journalism in June 2021.

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Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2021 to Jan Grue, Bjørn Hatterud and Olaug Nilssen

April 7 2021

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The Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2021 is awarded to the authors Jan Grue, Bjørn Hatterud and Olaug Nilssen for their powerful, critical efforts to shed light on the social situation and freedom of expression culture for people with disabilities in Norway.

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Grants for political cartoonists

March 24 2021

Humour, barbs and vulgarity: Satirical illustrations aim high and leave power exposed. They exist as a vehicle for criticism and resistance. The best in this genre make us see issues and political matters, and even ourselves, from a new perspective.

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The Status of Freedom of Expression in Norway: What are the people saying in 2020 – and what has changed over the past five years?

March 22 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Institute for Social Research invite the public to the live-streamed launch of the first findings from the latest population survey on freedom of expression, followed by a discussion on Monday, 19 April 2021, from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.

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Artists Assess Freedom of Expression in the Year 2020

February 20 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation and TSL Analytics invite the public to a live-streamed launch of a report and discussion from 2 to 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, 11 March 2021.

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Reminder: The deadline for entering the 2021 Fritt Ord competition is 15 March

February 19 2021

The Fritt Ord Youth Competition is an annual competition that invites students to submit entries on topics related to freedom of expression and democracy. This year’s topic is 22 July 2011. The deadline for entering is 15 March 2021.