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Harald Eia, Dag Hessen and Bjørn Vassnes receive the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute

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The Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute acknowledges remarkable efforts to promote free speech, often in connection with current events. The tribute is accompanied by NOK 100 000 to each recipient. The Fritt Ord Foundation's Board has resolved to award the following tributes:



Harald Eia is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, through the programme Brainwash, having precipitated one of the most heated debates on research in recent times.



Dag Olav Hessen is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, in an engaging manner, having conveyed scientific insight and making well-grounded contributions to the public debate.



Bjørn Roar Vassnes is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for his all-round, critical and independent contributions to the communication of scientific knowledge and debate.

Harald Eia is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, through the programme Brainwash, having precipitated one of the most heated debates on research in recent times.
The popular science TV series Brainwash, focusing on biology and society(broadcast on NRK in the spring of 2010) addressed controversial issues about, among other things, gender, sex and race. Although Eia's journalistic methods have been subject to criticism, the series sparked growing interest in the correlation between nature and nurture, and promoted academic criticism and a renewed dialogue about traditions from different academic disciplines.



Dag Olav Hessen is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, in an engaging manner, having conveyed scientific insight and making well-grounded contributions to the public debate.

Dag Hessen is a professor of Biology at the University of Oslo, and is affiliated with the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis. Hessen has published a large number of books that are very strong academically. He has served as a scientific expert in several media in an outstanding manner.



Bjørn Roar Vassnes is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for his all-round, critical and independent contributions to the communication of scientific knowledge and debate.

Bjørn Vassnes has, as a science journalist, been innovative in several areas of communication. He helped start the popular TV programme "Schrödingers cat" on NRK and, through a series of books and articles, he has helped promote scientific themes across disciplinary divides.



The Tributes will be presented at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 14 December 2010, in the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.



In the field of science, the Fritt Ord Foundation is cooperating with the University of Oslo Library on a new Mathematics and Natural Science Library and the Science Debate programme.



The Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo is a public-utility private foundation that aspires to promote freedom of expression and public debate.



See the list of previous recipients of the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute





Press Release: Wednesday, 8 December 2010



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Photo exhibition - Pushwagner
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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.