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The Nobel Peace Prize 2021

December 10 2021

On 10 December, the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 was awarded jointly to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their courageous efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

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Grants in response to applications for less than NOK 100 000 in November 2021

December 3 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s list of allocations has been updated to include grants in response to applications for less than NOK 100 000 in November 2021.

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Feature article: Deeyah Khan – using friendliness as a method

November 27 2021

On Tuesday, 23 November 2021, Deeyah Khan was awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2020. This feature article is an abridged version of the speech delivered by Grete Brochmann, chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation’s Board, at the awards ceremony held at the Opera House in Oslo.

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Deeyah Khan's acceptance speech upon receiving the Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2020

November 24 2021

On Tuesday, 23 November 2021, Deeyah Khan received the Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2020. In her speech at the Opera House, she discussed the power inherent in engaging with people whose opinions differ from one’s own.

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Kim Friele (1935-2021)

November 23 2021

Kim Friele passed away on Monday, 22 November 2021, at age 86. She devoted large parts of her life to fighting for gay rights in Norway.

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Freedom of expression and notification about censurable conditions - where do we draw the line between critical statements and raising concerns?

November 18 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation and Fafo invite the public to the presentation of new research findings and a debate from 10-11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 30 November. The event will take place at the Fritt Ord Foundation’s premises at Uranienborgveien 2, in Oslo.

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Double anniversary for Norway's most comprehensive source of knowledge and facts

November 12 2021

This past Wednesday was a double anniversary for ‘Store norske leksikon’. It marked 115 years since Norway’s first encyclopaedia was launched, and 10 years since “The Great Norwegian Rescue”, when the Fritt Ord Foundation and several other institutions joined forces to ensure the future of one of the country’s most comprehensive sources of knowledge and facts.

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Young voices in the social debate: Seminar for upper secondary school teachers

November 2 2021

Welcome to an inspiring pre-Christmas event hosted by Fritt Ord. The day will be devoted to two of the most important issues needed to keep up to date academically, i.e., citizenship and democracy.

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Debates about Norway's Future: The climate crisis

October 14 2021

Is the climate crisis causing a schism between generations? Is this the start of a new generational rebellion? What must be done? These questions form the basis of this week’s discussion in the series entitled ‘Debates about Norway’s Future’, initiated by Fritt Ord in cooperation with Amedia, Ferd and the Research Council of Norway.

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Allocations for grants to applications for less than NOK 100 000 and Norwegian Journalism in September 2021

October 13 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s list of allocations has been updated to include grants in response to applications for less than NOK 100 000, as well as for support for Norwegian journalism projects.

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The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship for 2022 awarded to Hanne Østli Jakobsen

October 11 2021

“The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship” at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford spring semester of 2022 is awarded to Hanne Østli Jakobsen, journalist and head of reportage at Morgenbladet.

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Feature article: The voices that are missing

October 4 2021

On 30 September, Jan Grue, Olaug Nilssen and Bjørn Hatterud were awarded the 2021 Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for their powerful, critical efforts to shed light on the social situation and freedom of expression culture for the disabled in Norway. This feature article is an abridged version of the speech delivered at the award ceremony by Grete Brochmann, chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board.

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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.