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Drones: The next European Air Force?


In the past decade, armed drones or remotely-piloted aircraft have been used by the USA in the biggest aerial targeted killing programme in history. Now EU and NATO states are racing to acquire their own armed drones. What can we learn from the US precedent in the use of drones and where are we heading?

Fritt Ord Foundation and Flimmer Film invite you to an exclusive pre-screening of DRONE, a Norwegian-produced documentary on the consequences of drone warfare, followed by a panel debate featuring some of the main characters in the film. Meet ex-drone operator Brandon Bryant, drone victim lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Professor Paul Schulte and DRONE director Tonje Hessen Schei in a conversation moderated by the award-winning investigative journalist Chris Woods.

The event will take place on Thursday, 24 April 2014, from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

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Gratulerer til vinnerne av Fritt Ord-konkurransen 2014

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The Freedom of Expression Prize for 2014 awarded to Anne Sender


Press Release, 3 April 2014

The decision of the Board of Trustees of the Fritt Ord Foundation is based on the following grounds:

"Anne Sender is being awarded the Freedom of Expression Prize for 2014 for having brought the history of the Jewish minority in Norway to the attention of the general public and for her years of work against anti-Semitism. As a Jew, she has independently and courageously turned a critical spotlight on policies pursued by Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the area of conflict, based not least on her personal observations of living conditions on the West Bank."

The Freedom of Expression Prize is the institution's highest distinction. The amount of the prize is NOK 400 000. The prize is accompanied by the Fritt Ord Foundation statuette signed by Nils Aas. The award ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 8 May 2014, at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Stage 2, Oslo.

Over the years, Anne Sender has carved out a reputation as an important voice and clear debate participant on questions related to anti-Semitism, the conflict in the Middle East and hateful statements made on the basis of the situation of the Jews. She has maintained her deep respect for the Jewish tradition and the destiny of the Jewish people.

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What does Edward Snowden mean for European politics?


What do the European governments think of the Snowden files? What have they done? Where does the Norwegian government stand?

Anthony Dworkin, Senior Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, presents the results of a survey supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation on how the European governments have reacted to the Snowden case.

The event will take place from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, 3 April 2014 in the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

Moderator/interviewer: Jon Wessel-Aas, Attorney-at-law
Commentator: Karsten Friis, Senior Adviser at NUPI

The discussion will take place in English and is open to everyone.

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From Photo Project to Photo Book and Multi-media Story


The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Journal of Photography invite the public to a seminar on photobooks on Friday, 4 April 2014, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo, featuring photographers Jonas Bendiksen and Morten Andersen and photobook publisher Gösta Flemming from Journal. Moderator: Rune Eraker.

What is the mind-set underlying the photographers' major photo projects? What is the correlation between idea and design in the work process? What roles do the publisher and the editor play in the creative process from project to finished book?

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Support for the launch of new documentary films


The Fritt Ord Foundation's major grants in February include support for three documentary films being launched in spring 2014. The company f(x) film and Director Fridtjof Kjæreng received NOK 100 000 to launch "Beauty and the priest" about abortion opponent Børre Knudsen. The film had previously received NOK 500 000 in production support from the Fritt Ord Foundation. Faction Film, represented by Director and Producer Håvard Bustnes, received NOK 100 000 for the launch of "Rebellious great-grandmothers", which had previously been granted NOK 200 000 for production. NOK 100 000 were allocated for a full-length version of the documentary "Drone" by Flimmer Film and Director Tonje Hessen Schei. The Fritt Ord Foundation granted NOK 400 000 for the development and production of "Drone" in 2011-2012. Click on the links to read more about the films and to see the trailers.

A list has now been published of the major grants awarded by the Fritt Ord Foundation in February 2014 (in Norwegian).

Anne-Stine Johnsbråten's ‘Women in Japan’ to Pecha Kucha

Photographer Anne-Stine Johnsbråten will be presenting her documentary photo project 'Women in Japan' at Pecha Kucha Night at 7.30 p.m. at DogA, Hausmanns gate 16, Oslo, on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Pecha Kucha Night is a multi-media event where players in the fields of architecture, design, film, art and music meet and informally show their work through a series of brief presentations. See the full programme for the evening.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has granted NOK 100 000 to Johnsbråten's work with 'Women in Japan'. This will be the first time the pictures are being shown in public.