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Fritt Ord-konkurransen:  Ytringsfrihetens helter og antihelter

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2,2 millioner kroner til formidling av norske samtidsromaner

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Europe@debate: The Role of New Social and Digital Media in the European Public Sphere

Together with the Körber Foundation, and as part of the FutureLab Europe project, the Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate about the Role of New Social and Digital Media in the European Public Sphere.

The event will take place on Monday 1 September, from 1.30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.
Open to the public and free of charge.

You can follow the debate via live stream or on Twitter at #FLE2014.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

For more information, see Facebook event.


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Report launch: The status of freedom of expression in Norway - results of the demographic survey


What is the status of freedom of expression as seen from the general public's point of view? Is freedom of expression perceived as an important value in comparison with other considerations? What experiences do the general public have of freedom of expression – in the public space and at the workplace? How do we see the media's role as infrastructure for freedom of expression?

The project "The status of freedom of expression in Norway – the Fritt Ord Foundation's monitoring project" examines attitudes to and experiences of freedom of expression in Norway in different demographic groups and arenas.

In winter 2013, the project conducted two surveys about attitudes to and experience of freedom of expression in the majority population and among non-western immigrants and descendants.

On 3 September, a seminar will be organised at the Fritt Ord Foundation premises on Uranienborgveien in Oslo.

Some of the findings from the surveys will be presented, and there will be an opportunity to ask the researchers questions.


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The Preben Munthe Fellowship for journalists 2015


Call for applications from journalists ordinarily resident in Norway for the Preben Munthe Fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University, in 2015.

Closing date for applications: Friday 19 September, 2014 at noon

Applications should be made in English and submitted to the Fritt Ord Foundation by e-mail to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

RISJ Application Form 2014 (pdf)

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Surplus of MNOK 271 for the Fritt Ord Foundation

Press release from Formuesforvaltning, 6 August 2014

The Fritt Ord Foundation can look back on good investment performance in 2013. The Fritt Ord Foundation earned a rate of return for accounting purposes of 9.9 per cent in 2013, resulting in a surplus on its investment activities of NNOK 271. The value-adjusted return on investment activities was 10.9 per cent last year, which is equivalent to MNOK 307.

"We are very pleased with rate of return on our investments last year. Many years of robust finances have afforded the Fritt Ord Foundation opportunities to accommodate a growing number of applications. This also enables us to take our own initiatives in the field of freedom of expression", comments Executive Director Erik Rudeng.

Since 2012, the Fritt Ord Foundation has worked with Formuesforvaltning, an independent asset planning adviser that has helped with the development of an investment strategy and ongoing evaluations of our portfolio, as well as with preferred asset managers and investment products. Asset management has been handled through investments in asset classes such as fixed interest, Norwegian and foreign shares, private equity and property.

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100 years since the shots in Sarajevo


Tomorrow, 28 June, is the centenary of those fateful shots fired in Sarajevo and the outbreak of World War 1. Our own paramount contemporary themes in politics and the public debate have often originated with ideologies, utopias, mass movements and national structures to which the Great War gave rise. From its ruins, modernism and reaction gained momentum; philosophy, art, architecture and everyday life sought to leave 'the old Europe' behind. The celebration of the centenary is a good opportunity to reflect on this trend.

The Fritt Ord Foundation's series of lectures «The War to End All Wars»"The War to End All Wars", organised between 23 November 2013 and 9 March 2014, devoted attention to the course of the war, how it unfolded and its consequences through 52 lectures, three panel discussions and 16 film screenings.

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Supported projects – examples

Photo exhibition - Pushwagner

Petter Mejlænder's photo exhibition "Pushwagner" will be on display at Gallery Fineart at Tjuvholmen in Oslo from 28 August to 14 September 2014. The photo exhibition is being shown in tandem with Pushwagner's sales exhibition "Movement". The exhibitions will be opened by Mayor Fabian Stang at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 28 August.

In working with the photographs and on Pushwagner's biography, Petter Mejlænder followed the artist's activities closely for seven years. In connection with the exhibition, Mejlænder's photo book about Pushwagner will also be launched. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 50 000 in support for the photo exhibition and NOK 75 000 for the biography (a work in progress).

Book launch: From the Youth

The reportage agency Paragon Features will be launching its book From the Youth at 7 p.m. on Friday, 12 September 2014, at Cappelen Damm Publishing House in Akersgata 47-49, Oslo. The event is part of the Oslo Book Festival. The project was initiated in autumn 2011 in the aftermath of the terrorist massacres that took place in Norway on 22 July 2011; the project is described as a multimedia portrait of a generation of young people. For two years, the young photojournalists Aleksander Andersen, Martin Slottemo Lyngstad and Lars Øverli travelled all over Norway in an ancient camper, documenting Norwegian youth in their natural habitats.

In addition to From the youth now being published in hard copy and as a digital book, in autumn 2014, Paragon Features will host a large-scale travelling exhibition all over the country. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 710 000 in support to the project.

Amanda Prize to Light Fly, Fly High

On 16 August 2014, the Amanda Prize for the best documentary film was awarded to Fri Film for the documentary "Light Fly, Fly High". The film is about the young Indian boxing talent Thulasi and her struggle against discrimination, corruption and sexual oppression. Beathe Hofseth and Susann Østigaard have directed and produced the film. Warm congratulations to Fri Film!

The Fritt Ord Foundation provided NOK 295 000 for the development and production of "Light Fly, Fly High".

Danish distinction to the NJP #1


The first edition of the Norwegian Journal of Photography has received yet another distinction, this time from a Danish jury. Under the title "Best Book Works of 2013", the Danish Book Crafts Association named last year's best books. The winning books are being exhibited at the Royal Library in Copenhagen before being sent on a book tour around Denmark.

NJP #1 earned distinction in the category “periodica”, and the jury writes, among other things: “Using a subtle, modern layout, 10 Norwegian photographers are presented objectively and clearly. Single navy blue dividing sheets mark the introduction and the transition to/between the individual players whose series of photos are vastly different, but are kept in precisely the same tight rein within a set framework.”

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Support for journals

Five journals figure on the list of recipients of the Fritt Ord Foundation's minor grants in June 2014. The journal Manifest Tidsskrift received support for a series of articles "Piketty to the People", and the philosophical journal Agora for a themed issue on racism. Seismopolite received a grant for its publication about freedom of expression in photography, film, theatre and performance art, while the Association of 2007 for the Promotion of Artistic Reflection and Debate received a grant for next year's issue of the art journal Second-Class Mail. Support was also granted for magazine Fanfare's #4 on the concept of "bullshit".

A list has been published of the minor grants awarded by the Freedom of Expression Foundation in June 2014.