The Fritt Ord Foundation and 2018 HUMAN international documentary film festival invites the public to the opening of this year’s festival, featuring a screening of the Norwegian documentary Golden Dawn Girls, on Wednesday, 7 March, at 6 p.m. at the Klingenberg Cinema.


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Call for nominations for the 2018 Free Media Awards

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius hereby invite nominations of independent journalists, bloggers, Internet media and newspapers for the 2018 Free Media Awards.

The prizes provide support for journalists and media that report independently and refuse to give up in the face of threats. The media operate under tremendous pressure in many countries in Eastern Europe. With the Free Media Awards, we seek to encourage journalists and media to carry on their work, despite threats and violent oppression, and to contribute to strengthen independent journalism.

Letters to Europe – Refugee Women Write

What: Theatre performance, debate and Oslo book launch.
When: Wednesday 28 February at 19:00
Where: The Fritt Ord Foundation,
Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

The refugee crisis in Europe has raised tempers and become a subject of debate in almost every country. A stereotype has evolved, painting the ‘young, male Syrian refugee’ as the typical asylum seeker. This narrative leaves little space to talk about the often widely divergent backgrounds and identities of refugees. It makes it easier to ignore refugee women, children, the elderly and their needs and role in the future of Europe.
The Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary School is an annual competition that invites pupils to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy. This year's topic is propaganda. Write a text or make a media production about the many faces of propaganda. Feel free to be concrete and address issues in the local community, in Norway or in the world, past or present.

The deadline is Thursday, 1 March 2018, at 11.59 p.m. Take a look at for relevant reading material, suggestions from the jury and earlier winners, and for further information about submitting your entry. Good luck!
The spring 2018 call for applications for the sixth season of "Cross-Border journalism" programme is now open.

We warmly invite journalists from Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Baltic or the Caucasus to work together to produce stories through partnership and collaboration that transcend their national border as a part of the Perspektivy programme (Программа "Перспективы").

The new digital era of media, and the globalisation of economic and political processes have brought new challenges to journalism. In particular, they have highlighted the need to develop international professional networks in order to understand regional characteristics and better cover transnational stories.
The seventh group of FutureLab participants met last week in Brussels for a tightly-packed programme featuring workshops, debates and meetings with key EU politicians. The topics discussed included political participation, populism, and young people's opportunities to influence decision-makers in Brussels. Following this session, the group will continue working with their own projects related to civil society and local democracy in their respective countries. The projects may involve e.g. photo exhibitions, media projects, school visits, training or debates.



Støtte til sakprosa

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Støtte til journalistikkprosjekter i desember 2017

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Støtte til utvikling av dokumentarfilmer

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Støtte til internasjonale ytringsfrihetsorganisasjoner

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 awarded in December 2017 has now been published.

Among the 74 recipients on the list, we find grants for two international freedom of expression organisations. The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), based in Stavanger, received NOK 400 000 for its work in 2018. Seventy cities are now part of the ICORN network, which gives refuge to persecuted authors and artists.

The amount of NOK 400 000 was allocated to Freemuse for its work with the State of Artistic Freedom Report 2018. Freemuse (or Freedom of Musical Expression) is a Copenhagen-based organisation that works to promote and protect artistic freedom of expression the world over.



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​For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the demanding situation currently being experienced by the media and thereby by the public sphere as a whole, we aspire to do even more to support and promote high-quality journalism in several fields.

The programme 'Quality Journalism in a New Era' ran from 2015 to 2017, awarding 10 million NOK annually.

The programme 'Norwegian Journalism' will run from 2017 to 2020, and award 25 million NOK annually.


The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who supply reviews to TV/radio. The grant scheme will provide aggregate funding of MNOK 6 over a three-year period.

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.

Fritt Ord-konkurransen

The Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for upper secondary school is an annual competition that invites pupils to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy. A special topic is highlighted each year, and participants' entries can be submitted either in the form of a text or a media production. The Fritt Ord Foundation organises seminars for teachers and offers school visits and supervision for participants.