Speeches at the awarding of the Fritt Ord Foundation Prize 2022

May 24 2022

On Monday, 23 May 2022, the Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2022 was awarded to the online Russian newspaper Meduza. The ceremony took place in the opera house in Oslo, Norway.

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Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2022 to the online Russian newspaper Meduza

May 10 2022

The Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2022 is awarded to the online Russian newspaper Meduza for courageous, independent and fact-based journalism.

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The football magazine Josimar receives support for a special issue on the World Cup in Qatar

April 25 2022

The football magazine Josimar has been granted NOK 500 000 in support for investigative journalism to cover corruption and human rights abuse in international top football. The support will be used, among other things, for a special issue on abuses of human rights against migrant workers in Qatar.

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The Fritt Ord Tribute to Lise Klaveness

April 4 2022

The president of the Football Association of Norway (NFF), Lise Klaveness is awarded the Fritt Ord Tribute for the brave, direct speech addressing human rights violations and discrimination she delivered at the international FIFA Congress in Qatar on Thursday, 31 March.


Communications consultant

March 31 2022

The Fritt Ord Foundation has a permanent position as a communications consultant available from 1 August.

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Extensive support for the Year of Queer Culture

March 22 2022

The year 2022 will go down in history as a year deeply marked by the tragedy of war in Europe. However, this is also the year in which Norway is commemorating and celebrating that it has been 50 years since Section 213 of the Penal Code was repealed, decriminalising homosexuality in Norway There will be events throughout the year, including book publications, exhibitions, podcasts and a variety of debate and art projects, many of which will be organised under the banner of the Year of Queer Culture 2022. Numerous initiatives have received support from the Fritt Ord Foundation.

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Fritt Ord Foundation's Grants for Critics: Good criticism 2022 - 2023

March 16 2022

The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 250 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who write reviews for TV/or radio.

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How free is the knowledge? Perspectives from climate, immigration and gender research

March 14 2022

Fritt Ord and the Institute for Social Research invite the public to the launch of Norway’s first study on the latitude available for freedom of expression and the level of tolerance in academia on Monday, 14 March 2022, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

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Call for applications: Free Media Awards 2022

March 8 2022

In collaboration with the ZEIT Foundation of Hamburg, the Fritt Ord Foundation has allocated the Free Media Awards annually since 2004 to Eastern European journalists and media that defy every obstacle to tirelessly ensure independent press coverage. Russia’s war against Ukraine and the subsequent wave of disinformation clearly demonstrate the need for independent reporting in the region. Journalists and media in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus and Armenia that promote freedom of the press through their investigative and independent reporting are eligible to be nominated for the Free Media Awards.


Film and talk session about artistic resistance against the military coup in Myanmar

February 24 2022

The Human International Film Festival and Fritt Ord invite the public to the Norwegian premiere of the new documentary film ‘Myanmar Diaries’, followed by a talk session, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 3 March at the Vega Scene in Oslo. Made by the Myanmar Film Collective, the film recently won the Berlinale Documentary Award.

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Jonas Bendiksen, fake news, and new NJP photographers

February 22 2022

Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen will present his book The Book of Veles at Fritt Ord’s premises at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 March. The programme will also include talks with five of the new photographers chosen to participate in The Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP).

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Fritt Ord keeps "The Floating House of Literature" afloat

February 15 2022

Since 1963, the book boat Epos has been a popular bearer of culture to small ports and villages up and down the west coast of Norway. After Epos’ very existence was threatened, Fritt Ord responded by granting MNOK 3 over a three-year period to keep it afloat.

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Fritt Ord-supported documentary nominated for Oscars

February 8 2022

The award-winning animated film FLEE has been nominated for Oscars in the categories for Best International Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature Film and Best International Feature Film. The film has already won a numerous awards at different film festivals, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Sundance Film Festival and the Nordic Council’s Film Prize in 2021.

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Sweat, towel snapping and hair spray

February 8 2022

While today’s young people have multiple alternatives for expressing their identities, few of them ever mention carefree relationships between their bodies and school showers. The Fritt Ord-supported documentary film “Stories from the Shower” takes us through an inevitable chapter in the lives of all adolescents – school changing rooms.

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American film prize to Margreth Olin

February 2 2022

Norwegian film maker Margreth Olin is one of six recipients of the American Chicken & Egg Award for documentary films. The prize is awarded to female and non-binary film makers who strive to promote change through their work.

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Satire Power

January 28 2022

Three ICORN cartoonists are now being published thanks to agreements with newspapers and exhibitions at the Norwegian Cartoonist Gallery.