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21.11.2019

Free Media Awards 2019 in Vilnius

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.


Read more about the laureates here
 
 
Conference programme
Tuesday 19 November
 
09.15 – 9.30: Welcome
Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, the Fritt Ord Foundation
Christine Neuhaus, Executive Director, Head of Funding Division, ZEIT-Stiftung
 
 
Panel I: 09.30 – 10.30: Free Media Awards 2019: 7x7 online journal and Hafiz Babali
 
Where are the rest? How to make a difference as an independent voice in an authoritarian state? Pressure against independent media in Azerbaijan and North West Russia  
 
Panel participants:
Pavel Adreev, director of 7x7 online journal, and Leonid Zilberg, publisher of 7x7 online journal, Syktyvkar, Russia
Hafiz Babali, investigative journalist, Baku, Azerbaijan
 
Moderator: Ane Tusvik Bonde, Senior Advisor at the Human Rights House Foundation, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards
 
 
Panel II: 10.45 – 11.45: Free Media Awards 2019: The Insider
 
Global journalism collaborations: workaround/booster for investigative journalism in authoritarian regimes?
 
Panel participants:
Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of The Insider, and Sofya Izmaylova, vice-editor-in-chief of The Insider, Moscow Russia
Elena Milashina, investigative journalist, and recipient of Free Media Awards 2016, Russia
 
Moderator: Alice Bota, Moscow correspondent for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards
 
 
13.30 – 13.40: Video and humour in Azerbaijan
Mehman Huseynov, recipient of the Free Media Awards 2013
 
Introduced by Ane Tusvik Bonde
 
 
Panel III: 13.40 – 14.40: The Free Media Awards 2019: Novoye Vremya and CivilNet
 
Challenges to media in times of change – creating a viable business model in a thight media market and challenging a post-revolutionary government
 
Panel participants:

Vitaly Sych, chief editor of Novoye Vremya, Kyiv, Ukraine
Karen Harutyunyan, chief editor of CivilNet, and Marya Yeghiazaryan, reporter, CivilNet, Yerevan, Armenia
 
Moderator: Martin Paulsen, Eastern Europe expert with a PhD in Russian language from the University of Bergen, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards
 
 
 

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

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.

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.