Report: "Covering the Debate on Racism in Norwegian Media"

November 3 2020

A media analysis of racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fritt Ord invites the public to a live-streamed launch event on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, from 9 to 10.30 a.m.

How has Norwegian media’s coverage of racism been impacted as a result of George Floyd’s death and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement? Which themes are most prominent when the media write about racism? Which voices are managing to be heard in the debate on racism as it unfolds with renewed strength? How do the various media cover the topic?

These are among the questions Retriever, Scandinavia’s largest supplier of media monitoring and media analysis, answers in the report “Covering the Debate on Racism in Norwegian Media, 1 May 2020 – 31 August 2020”, commissioned by Fritt Ord.

The full report can be downloaded here: Rasismedebatten i norske medier 2020

Based on an analysis of more than 2400 news items, debate posts, editorials and commentaries, the report takes an in-depth look at the coverage of racism, George Floyd and Black Lives Matter in Norwegian national and regional media, as well as in a selection of alternative media.

Besides documenting a substantial increase in the coverage of racism, the analysis also reveals a clear personification of the debate. Further, it shows how the press itself constitutes a significant group of stakeholders in the debate on racism by virtue of a large number of editorials and commentaries.

The report will be presented by Ane Kathrine Strand, assistant head of analysis at Retriever, and Malene Augestad, media analyst at Retriever.

The launch will be moderated by Yohan Shanmugaratnam, author of “We’re still breathing” and foreign correspondent for Klassekampen.

The seminar will be live-streamed on Fritt Ord’s website and Facebook page. Physical participation by invitation only.


 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.