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The 2019 Free Media Awards were bestowed at the Free Media Awards conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, under the auspices of Fritt Ord and ZEIT-Stiftung, on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

The awards went to:
  • The regional online newspaper 7x7 in Northwest Russia for their unique teamwork and cooperation between journalists, bloggers and activists,
  • The Insider, for their fact checking and critical investigative journalism in Russia, made in collaboration with other international media outlets,
  • CivilNet from Armenia for the important role they played during the civil and political revolution,
  • The Azerbaijan investigative journalist Hafiz Babali for his efforts to show both Azerbaijanis and the international community alike the tremendous scope of the corruption that exists among the political and financial elite in the country,
  • And the magazine Novoye Vremya for their investigative stories on corruption and the abuse of power among politicians and other state government employees in Ukraine.

The Norwegian Journal of Photography will be the focal point of the autumn's premier photography exhibition at the Henie Onstad Art Centre. 23 August 2019 will mark the opening of the exhibition "Norwegian Documentary Photography", featuring works by all the photographers who have taken part in the four volumes of NJP.

Freedom of expression, current events and photography in the interface between art and documentary will be the focal points of the autumn's exhibition at the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

The Fritt Ord Foundation's journalism fellowship to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford for 2020 is awarded to Shazia Majid, journalist and former commentator at VG.

Majid (b. 1974) has worked at the newspaper for 10 years and is currently employed as an investigative journalist. She is a double SKUP Diploma winner. Out of the shadows, her first book of prose, was published earlier this year to rave reviews.

The award ceremony for Frank Nervik, Norun Haugen, Ola Waagen and Piraya Film took place from 2.30 - 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 October at Fritt Ord's premises in Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

​​To identify and analyse the status of freedom of expression in Norway, the Fritt Ord Foundation is announcing the availability of up to MNOK 6 in framework funding for a research-based monitoring survey in 2020 - 2021.

The Monitoring Project on the status of freedom of expression in Norway has been carried out twice before by an interdisciplinary research consortium headed by the Institute for Social Research.

OsloMet and Fritt Ord invite the public to a debate on the importance of digitisation for journalism, on Wednesday, 6 November 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fritt Ord's premises at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

The seminar will highlight the all-encompassing digitisation of society. This development trend gives journalists new opportunities for research, reporting and international cooperation, but it also means the tracking of information, digital footprints and weaker protection of personal privacy and of sources. Technology as a tool for control and surveillance exposes journalists and editors to genuine risk – in the worst case life-threatening – when it falls into the wrong hands. Recent years have shown that "the wrong hands" may prove to be oppressive regimes, or precisely the individuals and groups that the editorial boards are writing about.

The Fritt Ord Foundation is allocating up to MNOK 25 annually for four years for journalistic projects. The MNOK 100 initiative is entitled Norwegian Journalism.

The call for applications has six deadlines for applications during the year. The next deadline is 10 May 2019, at 3 p.m. Applications should be submitted to the Fritt Ord Foundation's application centre.

The call for applications for participation in Perspektivy's cross-border journalism programme "Central Asia-mix" is now open.

This is a new opportunity for Russian-speaking journalists looking for the chance to develop their skills in reporting, global media standards and in working in international teams on cross-border issues where countries of Central Asia are involved.

How about getting a jump start on the interdisciplinary topic "Democracy and citizenship"? Fritt Ord and the National Association for Norwegian Teaching invite the public to a seminar on CRISIS, free speech and the desire to write, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 November at Fritt Ord's premises in Oslo.


The seminar will take its point of departure in the concept of 'crisis', which is this year's topic in the Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary School. The climate crisis, political crises and individual crises – all are examples of the uncertainty and unrest that characterise our times. But is the picture completely dark, glum and destined to go "straight to hell"? Not necessarily. Crises can also mean a turning point – an opportunity to improve. But that calls for action!

The Fritt Ord Foundation's project "Islam in Norway" invites the public to an open meeting about hatred and hostility towards Muslims, from 6-7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6, Oslo.

When do hatred and hostility become dangerous, and why do these phenomena exist? What is it like to be subjected to hatred and hostility because of ethnic and religious affiliation? How do hatred and hostility towards Muslims influence society, language and identity, and what do we see when we draw parallels between hatred of Muslims and anti-Semitism? Exactly what is being done to identify and prevent this phenomenon?

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Oslo, 10 October 2019

The Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute is awarded to Frank Nervik, Norun Haugen, Ola Waagen and Piraya Film for the documentary film "Fur" (2014) and "The secrets of the pig industry" (2019), which reveal animal abuse in the fur industry and porkproduction in Norway. Both films have triggered national debates that have had major consequences.

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