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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. Tickets cost NOK 30, and can be purchased on the website of Nordisk Film Kino.

Director Håvard Bustnes will speak as a prelude the film, and the festival's opening remarks will be delivered by Matthew Goodwin, an eminent professor of International Politics at Kent University. He will address the growth in right-wing extremist movements and parties in Europe.

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.

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 www.frittordkonkurransen.no 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.

Each year, Fritt Ord awards the Freedom of Expression Foundation Prize to individuals or institutions that have shown civil courage and worked to defend and strengthen freedom of expression and the conditions for it in Norway, especially by encouraging dynamic debate.

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites nominations for potential candidates for the prize. Nominations should be a maximum of 4000 characters long and include a brief description of the nominee's efforts and a grounded justification for why the person or organisation in question deserves the prize. Please do not send attachments.

Øremerkede midler til norsk journalistikk - søknadsfrist 19.02.18

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Fritt Ord and the Institute for Social Research invite the public to the debate on #MeToo and Freedom of Expression on Thursday, 25 January 2018, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Fritt Ord premises, featuring Sissel Trygstad, Hannah Helseth, Sofie Høgestøl, Kjersti Horn, Arne Jensen, Anja Sletteland, Silas Harrebye and Åsa Linderborg. Arnfinn Midtbøen will moderate.

Stipend for studenter ved Høgskolen i Innlandet

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Have you ever wondered about what it might be like to live in another time? Or what it was like to grow up in a society in which the standard of living was much worse than today? Perhaps you have parents or grandparents who have experienced war or great upheavals? Which opportunities and limitations were people subject to in the past? Did they act and think differently from us?

My family in history is being organised by the Norwegian Historical Society (HIFO) with support from the Fritt Ord Foundation. It is open to pupils in lower and upper secondary school. This competition revolves around everyday people, making them the main characters. Pupils are urged to investigate topics such as democracy, war and conflict, changing living conditions, migration and working life in the light of their own family history. Read more at www.historiekonkurransen.no.

The Preben Munthe Fellowship Grant at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford has been awarded to freelance journalist Ingerid Salvesen for the period January–July 2018.

Salvesen (b. 1987) has worked as a foreign correspondent for NTB and as a magazine journalist for the financial daily Dagens Næringsliv. She has written for several of Norway's largest newspapers and has spent time at the German media house Die Welt. She also helped start the foreign affairs podcast "Du verden!". Salvesen has a master's degree from the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo.