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

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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.

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