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.

Is academic freedom of expression at risk? Are there topics that researchers avoid for fear of the consequences? If so, are the threats based on fear of negative reactions in the public sphere, on a reaction to a liberal turn among researchers who are suppressing diversity of opinion, or about the way in which academia is organised through systems for funding and rewards?

This seminar marks the launch of the first part of the book entitled Freedom of Expression in a New Public Sphere. In this context, we are examining experiences involving freedom of expression and the latitude for freedom of expression in academia, based on a survey among researchers in Norway and in-depth interviews with climate, gender and immigration researchers. The book is being published as part of the Monitoring Project on the Status of Freedom of Expression in Norway 2020–22, initiated and funded by Fritt Ord.

Welcome by Grethe Brochmann, chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board
Free knowledge? The public sphere, institutional structures and professional feuds by Marte Mangset (associate professor, Centre for the Study of Professions, OsloMet)

Diversity in political opinions and the latitude for freedom of expression in academia by Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud (researcher, the Institute for Social Research)

Panel discussion with Anine Kierulf (head of the Expert Group for Academic Freedom of Expression), Fredrik Thue (professor, Centre for the Study of Professions, OsloMet), Hannah Helseth (researcher, the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies), Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (community editor at E24) and Mari Skurdal (editor of Klassekampen). Moderator: Håkon Gundersen (journalist at Morgenbladet).

Questions from the floor.

The event will take place at the Fritt Ord Foundation’s premises at Uranienborgveien 2, in Oslo. It will also be live streamed on the Internet for those who are unable to attend in person. The presentations and the debate will be done in Norwegian, without subtitles.


 Fake images. On the left, a fake illustration of Pope Francis. On the right, a fake of presumptive US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photos from NTB/Phil Holm and

Are deepfakes a threat to media authenticity?

June 15 2024

A new report gives some answers and, for the first time, the use of artificial intelligence in the media has been surveyed all over the world.

The Fritt Ord Foundation, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford and the University of Bergen invite the public to the world-wide launch of the Reuters Digital News Report 2024 and the Norwegian report:

Monday, 17 June 2024, 08.30-10.00 a.m.
Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

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Fritt Ord's grants for master’s degrees

May 15 2024

Is your master’s project about freedom of expression, social debate or journalism? If so, you can apply for a student grant from the Fritt Ord Foundation.


“In an age of fake news, AI, propaganda and manipulation, we must place trust in the photographer himself.” Speeches on the occasion of the awarding of the 2024 Fritt Ord Prize to Harald Henden

May 8 2024

“Each day, more than 3 billion images are uploaded to social media, including photos from conflicts and disasters. However, in an age of fake news, propaganda, manipulation and artificial intelligence, the question is often ‘what can we trust?’" observed Harald Henden upon being awarded the Fritt Ord Prize.
His response is that we must trust the individual photographer. Grete Brochmann, chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board, drove home the same point, calling war and documentary photography an integral part of the infrastructure of freedom of expression.


War photographer and prize laureate Harald Henden: “Credibility is journalism's most important capital asset”

May 7 2024

“Credibility is the media’s most important capital asset. That is precisely why the importance of having the media’s own photographers on site has not diminished. In point of fact, it is more important than ever before.
“This is because credibility is also an individual photographer’s most important asset. “When I put my name under a photo, readers should be able to trust that the content is correct, so that no further verification is needed. This brand of credibility takes many years to build up, and it can be descimated by a single mistake,” commented Harald Henden (63) upon being awarded the Fritt Ord Prize on Tuesday evening.