What is the significance of non-fiction for freedom of expression?

August 30 2022 08:30–09:30 Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFFO) invite the public to a breakfast meeting on non-fiction books and freedom of expression on Tuesday, 30 August.

The Freedom of Expression Commission’s study was submitted to Minister of Culture and Equality Anette Trettebergstuen on 15 August. Since spring 2020, the Commission has been studying the conditions for freedom of expression and democracy in Norway based on Section 100 of the Constitution. The study proposes a number of measures intended to strengthen freedom of expression further. The theme of the breakfast meeting will be the place of non-fiction books in the study and in society in general.
What impact do the books have and how can we ensure that they reach the public? What measures are under the purview of the politicians, and what will they do to strengthen freedom of expression in Norway?


Minister of Culture and Equality Anette Trettebergstuen (Labour Party)
Chair of the Freedom of Expression Commission Kjersti Løken Stavrum
MP and member of the Family and Cultural Affairs Committee Tage Pettersen (Conservative Party)
Chair of the Expert Committee for New Norwegian Non-fiction Literature of Arts Council Norway Anne Hege Simonsen

Moderator: Director of Information at SINTEF Digital Mala Wang-Naveen

Introduction by Executive Director Knut Olav Åmås of the Fritt Ord Foundation and Secretary General Arne Vestbø of NFFO. There will be a Q&A with the panel at the end of the breakfast meeting.

Refreshments: Coffee and a breakfast roll.

This breakfast meeting is open to everyone, and no registration is required. Admission is free of charge. The event will be filmed and livestreamed. The recording will be subsequently published on the NFFO and Fritt Ord websites.