The Fritt Ord Prize: Free Press Russia and the Gerd Bucerius Prize: Free Press Eastern Europe were awarded on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at noon at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

See footage from the awards ceremony and read the speeches here.


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Fritt Ord Foundation grants awarded to 10 seasoned critics

The Fritt Ord Foundation has now awarded the first 10 grants for critics in the amount of NOK 200 000 each. "We received no fewer than 58 applications, far more than we had expected. Many of the applicants are extremely well qualified", reports Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn, Chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board.

The 10 critics to be awarded a one-year grant are: Therese Bjørneboe, Oslo (dramatic art), Gustav Svihus Borgersen, Trondheim (pictorial art), Gaute Brochmann, Kabelvåg/Oslo (architecture), Ulrik Eriksen, Oslo (film), Marius Emanuelsen, Oslo (music and popular culture), Anki Gerhardsen, Bodø (dramatic art and pictorial art), Kaja Schjerven Mollerin, Oslo (fiction), Gro Jørstad Nilsen, Bergen (non-fiction and textbooks), Silje Marie Stavrum Norevik, Bergen (fiction) and Erle Marie Sørheim, Berlin/Skjetten (fiction and comic strips).

"We aspire to stimulate and invigorate criticism as an inextricable part of Norwegian journalism," comments the Fritt Ord Foundation's Executive Director Knut Olav Åmås.

Strong pressure is being exerted on the media's reviews of art and culture. Parallel to the high level of cultural creation and cultural interest in Norway, we have noted that criticism is stagnating or being cut back.

The Fritt Ord Foundation allocates an additional MNOK 30 to journalism

Press Release, 3 November 2014

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites applications for MNOK 10 annually for 3 years for journalism projects. The programme is entitled 'Quality Journalism in a New Era'.

For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the current demanding situation being experienced by the media and thereby by the general public as a whole, we want to do even more to pave the way for and support critical, meaningful high-quality journalism in several fields.



Sakprosa: tilskudd til manusutvikling

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Støtte til festivaler i regi av LLH

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Lanseringsdebatt: Meningers mot. Netthat og ytringsfrihet

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Støtte til utstillinger om krigen

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Store norske leksikon

Store norske leksikon (Norway's leading encyclopaedia) transitioned from being a major reference work found on the bookshelves of countless Norwegian homes to being a free online encyclopaedia in 2009. The Fritt Ord Foundation andSavings Bank Foundation DnB took the initiative to continue Store norske leksikon (the Great Norwegian Encyclopaedia), Norsk biografisk leksikon (Norwegian Biographical Encyclopaedia) and Store medisinske leksikon (The Great Medical Encyclopaedia) in summer 2010. consists of signed encyclopaedia articles written by qualified experts.

Status for ytringsfriheten i Norge – Fritt Ords monitorprosjekt

The project "Status of freedom of expression in Norway – the Fritt Ord Foundation's Monitor Project", is being headed by the Institute for Social Research on commission for the Fritt Ord Foundation and it will run until the end of 2014. The partners are the Department of Media and Communication (IMK) at the University of Oslo, Fafo, TNS Gallup and lawyer Jon Wessel-Aas. The project tracks the conditions for freedom of expression, and will focus on four major processes of change: Globalisation and multi-culturalism, digitisation and a different media reality, monitoring and control, and managerialism.

Fritt Ords studentstipend

In collaboration with a number of Norwegian universities and university colleges, the Fritt Ord Foundation calls for applications for grants for students who are working on master's theses and documentary films in fields such as human rights, journalism, freedom of expression and democracy building. See below for a list of the current offerings. The call for applications per se is located on the websites of the respective institutions, and applications should be sent directly to the relevant faculties.

Norwegian Journal of Photography

The Norwegian Journal of Photography was established in 2011 to serve as an arena where independent photographers who work in the interface between traditional press photography on the one hand and art photography on the other will be able to present the full scope of their projects. NJP brings together and supports selected Norwegian photographic documentary projects, and the first edition of the book was launched in February 2013.