31.01.2018

Nominations for the Freedom of Expression Foundation Prize 2018

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. 

Nominations for the prize should be submitted to post@frittord.no. The email should be marked: "The Freedom of Expression Foundation Prize 2018". The deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Wednesday 31 January.

The Fritt Ord Foundation's Board will review the nominations parallel to considering the Board's own nominations. The nominations will not be made public.
 
The prize is the Fritt Ord Foundation's highest distinction. It consists of the Freedom of Expression Foundation statuette crafted by Nils Aas, and a prize of NOK 400 000. 

A list of former recipients can be found here.

Fritt Ord invites applications for grants of NOK 60 000 each for communications activities and discussions based on contemporary factual prose and fiction. For example, funding can be used for debates, seminars, talks with writers or discussion fora.

Deadline for applications: 29 June 2018.

The 2018 Free Media Awards are awarded to Chai Khana in South-Caucasus for their efforts to bring attention to under-reported news stories spanning national borders in the region, Fontanka in Russia for their coverage of ongoing and forgotten conflicts, and to the Belarusian website Belarus Partisan for their tireless investigative work.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has now awarded their annual grants to critics. At NOK 200 000 each, the grants should result in a steady stream of reviews during the period from August 2018 to August 2019. The grant scheme was established in 2015, and 11 grants are being awarded this year.