The virus epidemic has put Norway's cultural life and public discourse in an extremely difficult situation. In response, the Fritt Ord Foundation will be making an extraordinary contribution to projects that can safeguard the spaces for public discourse, develop new arenas for public discourse and help promote dynamic, vital public discourse.
The Fritt Ord Foundation project "Islam in Norway" invites the public to an open dialogue meeting about the fight for freedom in Islam – freedom of expression and democracy building. The meeting will take place on Monday, 23 March 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the House of Culture at Youngs gate 6 in Oslo.
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 8 May 2020, 3 p.m. Applications should be submitted to the Fritt Ord Foundation's application centre.
Time and venue: Thursday, 27 February 2020, 5.30–7.30 p.m., Vega Scene, hall 3, Hausmanns gate 28, Oslo.
What happens when an undocumented Mexican family seeks church asylum at an Afro-American parish in Philadelphia's poorest part of town? The church and the soup kitchen have roots dating back to the Black Panther movement in the 1960s, and describe themselves as an activist congregation. When Carmela Hernandez and her children request asylum, Pastor Renee McKenzie risks five years in prison for giving them shelter, but she is never in doubt.
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.