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Frykter for sikkerheten til presseprisvinner Khadija Ismayilova i Aserbajdsjan

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GOOD PITCH EUROPE 2015 at Oslo Opera House


BRITDOC, supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation and other Nordic partners are bringing Good Pitch Europe to Norway on March 25th 2015.

What’s the big idea behind Good Pitch? This page on the BRITDOC site gives you the lowdown.

We're looking for films which tackle a national or global issue - have something important to show us about the world or ourselves. We welcome films of any style - personal, observational, essays, presenter-led, verité ... Projects can be at any stage from early production to completion and even early festival circuit (although rough cut stage is ideal), and they should be 60+ minutes in length (although we welcome plans to make shorter versions).

Deadline: 31st October, 4pm GMT:

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The Norway of the Future


The Norwegian Polytechnic Society and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to three debate meetings at the House of Literature under the title "The Norway of the Future". The meetings will be held on Tuesdays on 7, 14 and 21 October 2014 at the House of Literature on Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo.

For advance registration, see the website of the Norwegian Polytechnic Society

Is Norway prepared for the future? Top politicians, researchers and industrialists join forces to shed light on the question from three different angles: the knowledge environment of the future, the infrastructure of the future and the sustainability of the future.


Tuesday, 21 October 5.00 - 7.00 p.m.

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Instagram – photographer, editor and publicist


Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to a seminar on Friday, 10 October 2014, from 5.00–7.00 pm., at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo, featuring Stephen Mayes, former managing director of the image bank VII and an expert in communication and the social media, and Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak. Espen Rasmussen, photographer and NJP editor, will be moderating the seminar. The event is open to the general public.

Instagram has given photographers unique and direct access to an immense audience. Without time-consuming middle men, people are now their own photographers, editors and publicists. They can capture the interest of their followers and get direct feedback, whether they work with current events or more long-term projects. And with simple smart phones, they work in an easier, more direct manner.

Given that nearly 60 million images are shared every single day, one might ask whether Instagram might ultimately become its own worst enemy. Can the public manage to relate to a single photograph when they are drowning in impressions? Do social and political projects get noticed through Instagram? How can one build up and retain an audience? And how can one stand out among millions of users?

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Heldagsseminar for lærere om ytringsfrihet, demokrati og tekstforming

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Misleading about the Fritt Ord Foundation and the House of Literature


In connection with the continuing operation of the House of Literature in Oslo, assertions have been made from several quarters that the Fritt Ord Foundation's Board was to have decided that as from 2014, the House of Literature was to "stand on its own two feet", in the sense of managing to operate without public support.

Since it became clear early on that the House of Literature obviously filled a need as a regular literary forum and debate arena, it was important for us that different parties, private as well as public, joined forces to safeguard long-term operations for this dynamic non-profit institution. Towards that end, this past February, the Fritt Ord Foundation pledged support for another seven years in the amount of MNOK 3 per year. We have challenged private sponsors, and state and municipal authorities to join the Foundation in making long-term contributions.

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Nominations of journalists and media outlets in Russia and Eastern Europe


The Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT Foundation call for nominations of journalists, bloggers, internet media and newspapers for the 2015 Press Prizes.

The Press Prizes will be awarded to journalists and media outlets from Russia, Belarus, the Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Nominations will be accepted until 10 November 2014.

Call for nominations 2015

The journalists and media outlets that are nominated must have shown a commitment to democracy, international understanding and freedom of expression. Nominations should be accompanied by explanations of the reasons for the nominations, and newspaper or sample articles.


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Supported projects – examples

Prize for best Norwegian short documentary to 'This is Kabul'

'This is Kabul' won the prize for the best Norwegian short documentary at the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) this week. The film was produced by Bakkenivåfilm (Ground Level Film) and directed by Nargis Azaryun, Sadaf Fetrat, Sahar Fetrat, Anders Sømme Hammer and Christoffer Næss. The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates the winners!

Since 2011, three young women named Sahar, Sadaf and Nargis have filmed their own lives in Kabul. Among other things, the film follows the establishment of the organisation 'Young Women for Change', which works to liberate young Afghani women. The jury's grounds state inter alia that the film "expands our perspective on those who are usually defined as victims, and demonstrates how a documentary film has the power to empower the powerless. The documentation in the film is strong, unique and engaging".

The Fritt Ord Foundation provided NOK 150 000 in support for production of the film in 2013.

Audience Award to Flink Pike (Good Girl) at BIFF 2014

Congratulations to Director Solveig Melkeraaen and 'Good Girl' on winning the Audience Award at the Bergen International Film Festival.

The documentary film 'Good girl' depicts Director Solveig Melkeraaen's experience of severe depression and treatment that included electroshock therapy. Produced by Ingvil Giske of the Media Operators, the film is described as a 'feel good' movie about depression.

The Fritt Ord Foundation provided a total of NOK 500 000 in funding for the development, production and launch of 'Good Girl'.