A private non-profit foundation
The objects clause in Article 2 of the Articles of Association of the Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo, reads as follows:
The paramount object of the Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo, is to protect and promote freedom of expression and the environment for freedom of expression in Norway, particularly by encouraging lively debate and the dauntless use of the free word.
The Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo, can also support other aspects of Norwegian culture, primarily those dealing with free speech.
In special cases, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo, can help promote freedom of expression in other countries.
As its contribution, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo, shall award the Freedom of Expression Prize and the Freedom of Expression Tribute, and provide direct support for special projects, based on applications or on its own initiative.