The Status of Freedom of Expression in Norway: What are the people saying in 2020 – and what has changed over the past five years?

March 22 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Institute for Social Research invite the public to the live-streamed launch of the first findings from the latest population survey on freedom of expression, followed by a discussion on Monday, 19 April 2021, from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.

Audun Fladmoe, Dag Wollebæk, Kari Steen-Johnsen and Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud are examining whether most people have narrowed or broadened how they set limits on the freedom of expression compared with earlier, and whether different demographic groups set limits in different ways: Are there differences between young and old, women and men? What role do political affiliation and education play? Also, are there any groups in society that people believe should tolerate more than others?

In debates about freedom of expression, questions often originate from the situation in the US, but does the general public in Norway actually share the attitude of the American public when it comes to where the line should be drawn?

Project Manager and Researcher Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud will introduce and chair the meeting, and Researcher Audun Fladmoe of the Institute for Social Research will make the presentation. Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion featuring:

Nancy Herz, chair of the Young People’s Freedom of Expression Council
Kjersti Løken Stavrum, chair of the Norwegian Freedom of Expression Commission
Sylo Taraku, adviser at the Agenda Think Tank

The seminar will be live-streamed on Fritt Ord’s website and Facebook page.

The Halfway Report will be published on the Fritt Ord Foundation’s website at 8.00 a.m. on 19 April.

The population survey is part of the Fritt Ord Foundation’s Monitoring Project on the Status of Freedom of Expression in Norway 2020–21. The main project is being carried out by the Institute for Social Research in collaboration with the University of Bergen, the University of Oslo and NTNU in Trondheim. The results will be incorporated into a more comprehensive publication in spring 2022.

Status for ytringsfriheten i Norge: Hva sier befolkningen i 2020 – og hva har endret seg de siste 5 årene? from LarsLars Production AS on Vimeo.


 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.