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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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Fritt Ords studentstipend 2014-2015

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Freedom of expression in Norway – attitudes and experiences among members of the general public


The researchers engaged in the project "Status of freedom of expression in Norway – the Fritt Ord Foundation's monitoring project" have surveyed the Norwegian people's experience of freedom of expression, and the results will be presented today.

In autumn 2013 and spring 2014, the project carried out several surveys about Norwegian people's attitudes to and experience of freedom of expression, including both ethnic majority and minority populations. Journalists, writers and visual artists were asked for their opinions about the conditions for freedom of expression. The report "Freedom of expression in Norway: Attitudes and experiences of the general public" presents the results of these surveys.

Download the entire report here (PDF, in Norwegian).

Read the feature article "Freedom of expression – but not at work" (in Norwegian, based on the main findings from the survey).

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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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epea 02: The New Social - exhibition opening in Lucca

6 September 2014 will mark the opening of the European photo project epea, the "European Photo Exhibition Award 02: The New Social" in Lucca, Italy.

The exhibition was shown at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo from 3 March – 27 April 2014, where it was viewed by more than 20 000 visitors. Lucca is the second stop on the exhibition's tour of Europe. In autumn 2014 and spring 2015, the photo-essays will also be shown in Paris and Hamburg.


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Supported projects – examples

The Democracy Festival 2014

Three former prime ministers and six recipients of the Fritt Ord Prize will be on stage at Demokratifestivalen on Eidsvoll, Saturday 13 September.

Per Fugelli, Abid Raja, Anne Sender, Nina Karin Monsen, Anders Sømme Hammer and Bushra Ishaq participate in what might be the most important conversation of this year’s celebration of the Norwegian Constitution’s 200th anniversary. Together will moderator Håvard Kleppa they will discuss the costs associated with freedom of speech.

The programme can be found here. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 50 000 in support of the festival.

Support for documentary films


There were eight documentary films among the projects that were approved for Fritt Ord Foundation funding in August. Among them, Colorbar was granted NOK 150 000 for the production of "The last dose", in which the director Hilde Stålskjær Olsen shadows the former drug-abuser Siri as she makes her way out of drug-assisted rehabilitation. Motlys received NOK 100 000 to work with Paulina Cervenka's documentary film "Wanja" (picture) about a woman suffering from the fatal disease ALS. Further, NOK 200 000 was granted to Fenomen TV film og scene for the production of "The Lady from Os", directed by Pål Winsents - a sequel to the documentary "The Girl from Oz" (2006) about mentally challenged Christina.

A list has now been published of the grants awarded by the Fritt Ord Foundation in August 2014.

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).