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.


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Norway's first journal about narratives. Reports, investigative journalism and new grants for journalism

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“Those of us who do not live in cities also deserve access to rich public discourse,” says Tora Hope, editor of Jaja, a new journal about narratives based in the village of Fjaler in western Norway. The student newspaper Universitas has received funding to examine the situation for freedom of expression at educational institutions, and photojournalist Nora Savosnick has been on a reporting trip to Israel and Palestine. See the new grants for journalism (list in Norwegian only).

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Freedom of Expression and the War in Gaza

November 27 2023

The Fritt Ord Foundation, Masahat for Arab Culture in Exile, and Vega Scene cordially invite the public to a conversation on Wednesday, 29 November 2023 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Vega Scene in Hausmanns gate 30, Oslo.

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How to avoid deadlocked debates in permanent culture wars.

November 16 2023

“It takes differences of opinion to have a debate. When the stakes are high, discussions pick up momentum, but a high level of conflict combined with an irreconcilable tone raises concerns about democracy per se,” says author and social geographer Anja Sletteland, who has earned a PhD in ‘deadlocked debates’. The controversy surrounding the NRK programme Brainwash got her interested in debates ‘that go bananas’, and in cancellations. Now she is writing a book about why this happens and how to avoid sliding into perpetual trench warfare, where no one listens to each other. See the grants that Fritt Ord awarded in October (list in Norwegian only).

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Open debate and discussion: Male roles in Muslim communities

November 6 2023

Fritt Ord’s project ‘Islam in Norway’ invites the public to an open debate and discussion on male roles in Muslim communities, with a special focus on the situation of boys. The event will be held on Thursday, 9 November 2023, from 6 to 7.30 p.m. in ‘Skramsalen’ at the House of Literature, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo.