Calendar - Archive

mars
23
2018

The history competition "My family in history"

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.

mars
01
2018

Propaganda: Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary School 2017

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!

januar
12
2018

Øremerkede midler til norsk journalistikk - søknadsfrist 12.01.18

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desember
01
2017

Lærerseminar: Kildebevissthet og kritisk tenkning i en polarisert tid

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november
15
2017

Democracy Road? - Aung San Suu Kyi, buddhistisk nasjonalisme og pressefrihet i Myanmar

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november
15
2017

Propaganda - Seminar for lærere i videregående skole

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oktober
28
2017

Inequality, Immigration, and the Politics of Populism

The New York Review of Books Foundation, the Dan David Prize and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to the two-day conference 'Inequality, Immigration, and the Politics of Populism'. The conference will take place at the New York University School of Law, USA, 28-29 October 2017.

Populist parties and movements, mostly on the right, are becoming a powerful force in both the United States and Europe. The ascent of Donald Trump to the US presidency is the most spectacular electoral success in American history for a militant form of right-wing populism. The gains made by Alternative für Deutschland in the recent German elections mark the first time since 1945 that a populist party of the extreme right has achieved significant representation in the German Parliament.

oktober
18
2017

RISK - Historien om Wikileaks og Julian Assange

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oktober
17
2017

The Rise and Fall of Fake News

The Fritt Ord Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters invite the public to a conversation about fake news, fact-checking and public trust, on Tuesday 17 October 2017, 5 p.m., at Uranienborgveien 2.

In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared post-truth its international word of the year, and defined it as the state of affairs when "objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." PolitiFact named fake news its 2016 “Lie of the Year”. Since then, the term has lost much of its initial meaning and content in the public debate.

oktober
15
2017

Stipend for studenter ved Nord Universitet og Institutt for sammenlignende politikk, UiB

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oktober
01
2017

Call for Applications: Cross Border Journalism Programme, Autumn 2017

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"). Perspektivy is a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation.

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.

oktober
01
2017

Søknadsfrist på Fritt Ords studentstipend

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september
24
2017

Utlysning: FutureLab Europe 2018

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september
22
2017

Music, propaganda and resistance

In collaboration with Chapter: the Stavanger International Festival for Literature and Freedom of Expression, we invite the public to "Demo: Music, propaganda and resistance" on Friday, 22 September 2017, at 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. at the Sølvberget Library and House of Literature. The conversation is part of this year's festival programme. The artist Morten Traavik, the musician Moddi and the Slovenian band Laibach will be participating. The moderator is journalist and musician Guttorm Arndreassen.

"Propaganda" is the topic of this year's Fritt Ord Competition for Upper Secondary School, which invites pupils to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy. According to the Norwegian encyclopaedia, Store norske leksikon, propaganda is intentional manipulation of people's thoughts and feelings using strong means to promote particular opinions and behavioural patterns.

september
20
2017

Seminar: Finding one’s visual voice


Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson and former NJP photographer Linda Bournane Engelberth, now in the mentor program of the agency VII, both work with documentary and personal photography. On Wednesday, September 20, you can hear them talk about their methods.

The event will take place at Fritt Ord Foundation at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo, from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. It will be co-organised by The Norwegian Journal of Photography and Fritt Ord.

“Emotion is really the only thing about pictures I find interesting. Beyond that it is just a trick”.
– Christopher Anderson, Magnum Photos

september
18
2017

Call for Applications: The Preben Munthe Fellowship 2018

The Fritt Ord Foundation sponsors half a year of study and research in Oxford for a Norwegian journalist. The fellowship will be given to a journalist ordinarily resident in Norway. The fellow will spend six months at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, commencing January 2018.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 September, 2017 at noon.

september
15
2017

fting Boundaries – European Photo Exhibition Award 03

Fritt Ord and the Nobel Peace Centre invite the public to the opening ceremony of "Shifting Boundaries – European Photo Exhibition Award 03" at 6 p.m. on Friday, 15 September 2017. Twelve young European photographers will show how boundaries are challenged in a Europe in flux.

Young women with eating disorders, soldiers in Ukraine and barbed wire fences in Hungary are among the topics addressed by the photo exhibition, which explores both psychological and physical boundaries. Technological boundaries are also being challenged at a time when the differences between the virtual world and the real world can be hard to see. "Shifting Boundaries" is a visual experience, at the same time as it is a comment on today's Europe.

september
04
2017

Master's knowledge to the people

What: Writing workshop for recipients of the Freedom of Expression Foundation's student research grants
When: Monday, 4 September 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Would you like to participate in the social debate using the professional expertise you have acquired as a master's degree student? Are you interested in sharing findings from your master's thesis with the public, but uncertain about how to proceed? The Fritt Ord Foundation invites you to a writing workshop for master's degree students who have received Fritt Ord grants. We believe these theses are of value for the public debate, and that the knowledge in them deserves to be communicated to a broader audience.

august
06
2017

Call for the Autumn 2017 applications to the Perspektivy programme is now open

We warmly invite journalists based anywhere in Russia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia with over three years experience to apply for the series of workshops on “Reporting skills in the digital era” organised by ‘Perspektivy’, (Программа "Перспективы"). The workshops aim to develop skills on news reporting and how best to promote it in the challenging environment of the digital era.

Perspektivy is a professional development programme for journalists and editors, initiated by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation.

juni
29
2017

Call for applications from libraries 2017-18: The Norwegian literary canon

Is there a common Norwegian literary canon? Which canonised works continue to be relevant today? Is popular literature accorded insufficient attention when the best books are named? Which works and authorships would the libraries like to promote? Which publications of today will be the classics of tomorrow? How can libraries promote important Norwegian literature through new activities and initiatives?

Fritt Ord is calling for applications for grants of NOK 50 000 each for communications activities and debate at Norwegian public libraries to promote classic and modern factual prose and literary fiction. Applications for funding will be accepted for lectures, seminars, debates, dialogues or Internet-based communications activities.

juni
26
2017

Journalism, media markets and new technology – trends and predictions for 2017

Fritt Ord and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism invite the public to the launch of an annual media survey, the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, and a debate on new trends in the Norwegian media landscape, on Monday, 26 June 2017, from 5.00-7.00 p.m. at Fritt Ord's premises in Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is the world's largest media survey on the development of digital media habits. Norway was included in the survey last year for the first time, and this year's figures are indicative of the trend in the Norwegian media market, compared with trends in 36 other countries in America, Europe and Asia. This year, researchers at the University of Bergen are compiling a separate sub-report on the Norwegian findings.

juni
22
2017

Whistleblowing, freedom of expression and the culture of free speech in the public sector

What: Breakfast meeting about whistleblowing (Fritt Ord in collaboration with Fafo)
When: Thursday, 22 June 8.30-10.00 a.m., with a simple breakfast from 8.00
Where: The Fritt Ord Foundation's premises, Uranienborgveien 2

What is the status of the culture of free speech in the public sector? Does it limit employers' freedom of expression? Do employees dare to report concerns about circumstances worthy of criticism? Amendments to the Working Environment Act are intended to provide better protection for whistleblowers - are the new rules enough?

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Register here: registering@frittord.no

juni
09
2017

Boundaries of the public sphere: Do exclusion and self-censorship pose a threat to freedom of expression?

The Institute for Social Research and Fritt Ord invite the public to the Closing Conference for the project entitled ‘The Status of Freedom of Expression in Norway 2015–2017’ and the launch of the book Boundary Struggles: Contestations of Free Speech in the Norwegian Public Sphere at the House of Literature, Friday, 9 June 2017, 10.30 a.m.-3.45 p.m.

Register here. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

mai
29
2017

Islam in Norway - Young voices

Fritt Ord invites the public to attend the event entitled "Islam in Norway - Young voices on freedom of expression, identity, equality and acceptance of faith", Monday, 29 May, 7.00 p.m.-9 p.m. at the House of Literature.

A panel of young people from multi-cultural backgrounds will be discussing Islam in today's Norway. How is Islam covered in the media? What can be done to counter extreme social control? How much space should be devoted to religions in the public sphere?

Register here: registering@frittord.no. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

mai
19
2017

Utlysning: Den gode kritikken 2017

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mai
12
2017

Extra funds for journalism in 2016

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites applications for the programme 'Quality Journalism in a New Era'. Up to 10 MNOK will be awarded annually in 2016 and 2017.

For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the current demanding situation being experienced by the media and thereby by the general public as a whole, we want to do even more to pave the way for and support critical, meaningful high-quality journalism in several fields.

Applications are processed continuously throughout the year. Deadlines can be found here.

mai
02
2017

Samtale om spillkritikken og lansering av boka “Spillmagi”

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april
26
2017

A city divided?

social media, conversations and debates? Is there anything to our prejudices? Are we more alike than we think, or are there actually big differences?

If Oslo is a city divided, does it actually matter?

Many young people of today have a clear affiliation with urban district they come from. Others could care less about being categorised. Regardless, the way in which we label each other has consequences.

Fritt Ord and Si; D welcome the public to a debate entitled "A city divided?", on Wednesday, 26 April, at Fritt Ord's premises at Uranienborgveien 2. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Pizza will be served and assignments will be handed out. The debate will start at 6.00 p.m.

april
21
2017

Lansering av Norwegian Journal of Photography #3

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april
20
2017

Pris til tre bidrag om folkefiender

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april
05
2017

Norsk premiere på dokumentarfilmen The Borneo Case på Vika kino

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april
05
2017

Seminar: The Borneo Case – den norske forbindelsen

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mars
30
2017

Offisiell åpning av Artica Svalbard

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mars
23
2017

Historic look at freedom of expression

Update: podcast available here.

We live in a time of unrest, when many are finding that freedom of expression can no longer be taken for granted. What can history teach us about present-day dilemmas? What historic backdrop would be most appropriate for present-day debates?

How have the various dilemmas involving freedom of expression been resolved in Norway and Denmark? What differences and similarities can be found between the two countries, and what can we learn from each other?

Fritt Ord invites the public to a debate on Thursday, 23 March, from 7.00-8.30 p.m. in Uranienborgveien 2, featuring lectures by Jacob Mchangama and Kjetil Jakobsen. Both have recently published books about the history of freedom of expression.


mars
03
2017

epea 03: Shifting Boundaries. Exhibition opening in Hamburg

From 3 March to 1 May 2017, the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg will be showing photo essays by twelve extraordinary young European photographers on the theme of “Shifting Boundaries.” The artists were nominated specifically to participate in the third round of the European Photo Exhibition Award (epea), a joint project by four European foundations.

Epea aims to contribute to and to intensify dialogue within Europe, as well as to support young European photographers at the beginning of their careers. The exhibition showcases the following photographers: Arianna Arcara (Italy), Pierfrancesco Celada (Italy), Marthe Aune Eriksen (Norway), Jakob Ganslmeier (Germany), Margarida Gouveia (Portugal), Marie Hald (Denmark), Dominic Hawgood (United Kingdom), Robin Hinsch (Germany), Ildikó Péter (Hungary), Eivind H. Natvig (Norway), Marie Sommer (France) and Christina Werner (Austria).



mars
01
2017

Call for applications: Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for upper secondary school 2017

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 'enemies of the people'.

Call for applications
Upper secondary school pupils: Welcome to enter the Fritt Ord Foundation competition! Discuss one or more enemies of the people. Write a paper or make a media production, and enter it in the competition. By 'enemy of the people', we are referring to someone who stands out from the crowd by promoting freedom of expression, and who is thereby perceived as an enemy by others. Please discuss a person or a specific issue. Take your point of departure in the play 'An Enemy of the People' by Henrik Ibsen, if you would like.

mars
01
2017

NJP calls for new photographers

No fewer than 27 photographers have taken part in the Norwegian Journal of Photography since the project was established in 2011. Fritt Ord's efforts have given participants the opportunity to present their work at the national and international levels alike, in addition to offering workshops, seminars and guidance. We are now issuing a call for applications from photographers for two new years of NJP. The deadline is 1 March 2017.


februar
18
2017

How to protect civilians in times of war?

Film screenings and debates at the film festival Human Rights Human Wrongs.

In connection with the screenings of the Fritt Ord-supported documentary film Nowhere to Hide about Iraqi family father and nurse Nori Sharif, Fritt Ord, the Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival and Ten Thousand Images invite the public to three debates at the Cinematek:

The struggle for Iraq's future - Wednesday, 15 February, at 7.45 p.m.
Media on War (in English) - Saturday, 18 February, at 6.30 p.m.
How to protect civilians in times of war? - Saturday, 18 February, at 8 p.m.

februar
18
2017

Media on War

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februar
17
2017

Call for nominations for the 2017 Free Media Awards

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius hereby invite nominations of journalists, bloggers, internet media and newspapers for the 2017 Free Media Awards.

The Free Media Awards are awarded to journalists and media outlets from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The prizes provide support for journalists and media outlets 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 outlets to carry on their work, despite threats and violent oppression, and to contribute to strengthen independent journalism.


februar
15
2017

The struggle for Iraq's future

​Film screenings and debates at the film festival Human Rights Human Wrongs.

In connection with the screenings of the Fritt Ord-supported documentary film Nowhere to Hide about Iraqi family father and nurse Nori Sharif, Fritt Ord, the Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival and Ten Thousand Images invite the public to three debates at the Cinematek:

The struggle for Iraq's future - Wednesday, 15 February, at 7.45 p.m.
Media on War (in English) - Saturday, 18 February, at 6.30 p.m.
How to protect civilians in times of war? - Saturday, 18 February, at 8 p.m.

februar
15
2017

Oslo premiere of "Nowhere to Hide"

Fritt Ord, Ten Thousand Images and Human Rights Human Wrongs invite the public to the Oslo premiere of "Nowhere to Hide" Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Cinemateket. The screening is followed by a Q&A with film director Zaradasht Ahmed and producer Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas.

Additional screenings and Q&A sessions will take place on Friday, 17 February, 1 p.m. and Saturday, 18 February, 4 p.m.

Links:
Wednesday, 15 February, 5:30 p.m. at Cinemateket - tickets
Friday, 17 February, 1 p.m at Cinemateket - tickets
Saturday, 18 February, 4 p.m. at Cinemateket - tickets

februar
12
2017

Call for Applications: Cross Border Journalism Programme, Winter 2017

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.

januar
24
2017

Trumpism à la Norway? Politicians and social media in an election year

Fritt Ord and the Institute for Social Research invite the public to a debate on Norwegian politicians and social media on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 7 – 9 p.m. at Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo, featuring Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud, Gunn Enli, Espen Teigen, Frithjof Jacobsen and Eivind Trædal. Arnfinn Midtbøen will be moderator.

Speakers:
Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud, media expert and researcher at the Institute for Social Research
Gunn Enli, professor, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo

Commentators:
Espen Teigen, political adviser for Minister of Immigration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug, the Party of Progress
Hans Petter Sjøli, commentator and head of the comments desk at the newspaper VG
Eivind Trædal, City Council representative for the Green Party in Oslo and at the top of the Green list in Aust-Agder County

Moderator:
Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, researcher at the Institute for Social Research

januar
23
2017

Nominations for the Freedom of Expression Foundation Prize 2016

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.

januar
06
2017

Deadlines for applications 2017

The application deadlines for 2017 are:
  • 6 January
  • 10 February
  • 31 March
  • 12 May
  • 7 August
  • 15 September
  • 3 November

We would also remind you that the call for proposals for earmarked funding for New Journalism.

Applications to the Fritt Ord Foundation should be submitted here: portal.frittord.no. (The English language option is in the top-right corner.) For further information, please contact tel. +47 23 01 46 46 or email: post@frittord.no.

november
29
2016

Norwegian schools of thought - Images of the world and self-images in the 2000s

Is Norway among the best in the world both at facilitating peace and at participating in war in other countries? Do the public and leadership have a plan for dealing with terrorism, refugee crises, the administration of mass immigration and the preservation of the welfare state?

These questions are discussed by Jonas Gahr Støre, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Cathrine Holst and Terje Tvedt, with Tvedt's work on the history of ideas in Norway as the point of departure.

november
01
2016

The conference PUBLIC CALLING

Fritt Ord Foundation and KORO - Public Art Norway / URO invite to the conference PUBLIC CALLING, at the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway.

In an era of austerity politics, securitized spaces, extrastate dominions, and distributed online networks, the notion of the public is increasingly in question if not crisis. For the conference Public Calling, both speakers and audience will find themselves together on stage, examining contemporary intersections of space and speech in order to test how the public can still be enacted today.

Free and open to all.
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November, 2016. 10.00–16.00

Download the full conference programme .

Limited seating.
Registration: publiccalling@frittord.no

oktober
25
2016

Enemies of the people

Seminar for upper secondary school teachers

What is an enemy of the people – and who is the Stockmann of today?

Seminar at the National Theatre Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. with a theatre performance at 7.30 p.m.

The event is free of charge, and the first 50 who register will be offered tickets to the theatre performance "The Enemy of the Duck" at the National Theatre the same evening.

oktober
24
2016

Karim Ben Khelifa: "The Enemy" – a virtual journey through war and conflicts

Fritt Ord and the Norwegian Journal of Photography invite the public to a seminar featuring the Belgian-Tunisian photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa on Monday, 24 October 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.

Throughout his career as a war photographer, 44-year-old Karim Ben Khelifa has been driven to find the answer to a single huge question: Is it possible to invent a new way to make people care, that is, to make them think more deeply about war and conflicts?


oktober
20
2016

Technology and the Human Future

The New York Review of Books Foundation and Fritt Ord invite the public to the conference ‘Technology and the Human Future’, 20–21 October 2016 at Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

Registration: nyrb2016@frittord.no
Feel free to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag: #TechHuman

Conference Programme:

Thursday, 20 October 2016

9.15: REGISTRATION

9.50: WELCOMING REMARKS
Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Fritt Ord
Simon Head, University of Oxford, New York University, and the New York Review of Books Foundation

oktober
14
2016

HIFO's history teacher seminar 2016 - My family in history

On 14 - 15 October 2016, HIFO will organise a seminar for history teachers who want to use the History Competition "My family in history" in their teaching. The seminar will take place at the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises in Oslo.

The seminar will include discussions of how we can work with the competition in our classes. How can we supervise and assess pupils' entries so that pupils can use as much of their potential as possible? What topics and approaches will be fruitful and interesting for the pupils? How we can inspire pupils who do not think they have anything of interest to examine, to nonetheless realise that there are fruitful approaches?

september
30
2016

Editor-in-chief of Store norske leksikon.

{image-1}Store norske leksikon is looking for a new editor-in-chief. See the call for applications here. Please note: in Norwegian only.

Store norske leksikon is a leading digital reference work in Norway. With two million users a month and 250 000 articles read every day, the online encyclopaedia at www.snl.no is Norway's largest website for the communication of quality-assured knowledge. The encyclopaedia is owned by the eight universities and six other knowledge institutions, organisations and foundations, including Fritt Ord.

september
27
2016

The drones see you

The Norwegian Polytechnic Society, the Research Council of Norway and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to a debate on 27 September at 4.00 p.m.

Drone technology is constantly getting better and cheaper, and drones are well on their way to being affordable for everyone. The advent of new technology in the media industry is opening up exciting possibilities, but also entails a number of challenges related to social problems such as transparency and the protection of privacy.

What future are we creating? Is development taking place so quickly that society is hard put to keep up? We will be debating this important dilemma. Meet researchers, the media and drone enthusiasts!


september
15
2016

Know no shame!

"We are the shameless Arab girls, and our time is now", wrote Nancy Herz this past April. She is chairing a debate on 15 September at the Chapter Festival, with young politicians and social commentators who dare to challenge their surroundings. Meet them and get ideas about how you can make your voice heard, find allies and gather the courage to take part in debates.

During the event, the Fritt Ord Foundation competition for upper secondary school will be launched for the school year 2016/2017.

september
14
2016

New voices in literature

The Norwegian Association of Literary Translators, the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association and Fritt Ord invite the public to the seminar "New voices in literature" at Uranienborgveien 2, on Wednesday, 14 September 2016, from 12 - 3 p.m.

Why are there so few ”other” voices in Norwegian literature? What has become of the other voices, those from other cultures, other classes, those with a different view of the world, and of us? Why is so little literature from the cultures where most people in Norway from minority backgrounds come from?

september
13
2016

Turkey – where do we go from here?

Norwegian PEN, Association of Norwegian Editors, Norwegian Union of Journalists, Oslo and Akershus University College, University of Oslo, Norwegian Publishers' Association, Norwegian Press Association and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to a debate on Turkey, on Tuesday, 13 September at 7 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2.

We have invited activist and advocate of freedom of expression Sanar Yurdatapan to Oslo. Sanar has been head of and spokesperson for the freedom of expression organisation The Initiative for Freedom of Expression since 1995.



september
12
2016

Norwegian journalist to Oxford: The Preben Munthe Fellowship

The Fritt Ord Foundation sponsors half a year of study and research in Oxford for a Norwegian journalist. The fellowship will be given to a journalist ordinarily resident in Norway. The fellow will spend six months at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, commencing January 2017.

Closing date for applications: Monday 12 September, 2016 at noon.

september
10
2016

Call for Applications: Cross Border Journalism, Autumn 2016

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.

Perspektivy is a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation. Perspektivy is a professional development programme for journalists and editors from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

september
05
2016

Norway in the new digital media landscape

On Mondag 5 September, The Fritt Ord Foundaiton and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University will be hosting a debate on the findings of the annual {File-1}.

Digital media are becoming a more and more important part of the media environment all over the world, with profound consequences for the practice of journalism, the business of news, and for how people get information about the world around them. How these developments are playing out, however, varies in important ways from country to country. The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is the largest international, cross-country analysis of how these trends are evolving, and in 2016 for the first time included Norway, providing an opportunity to compare developments in Norway to trends in the 26 other countries across America, Europe, and Asia covered in the report. At this event, Nic Newman, Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and lead author of the Digital News Report since its inception in 2012 will present the main findings from this year’s report and discuss the implications with a panel of prominent Norwegian media people.

Time and place:
The Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 1, 0258 Oslo
Monday 5 September, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

september
02
2016

Call for applications: FutureLab Europe – The Council of Young European Citizens

Are you interested in European issues? FutureLab Europe focuses on enthusiastic young people between the ages of 20 and 30 who would like to take part in debates and influence the future of Europe. The primary focus in 2017 is on democratic values, equal opportunities for young people and European identity. Participants in the programme are given a chance to carry out a project related to these three core areas, e.g. a blog, a photo exhibition, a short film, a series of school visits or a series of debates.

Deadline for applications: 2 September 2016.

september
01
2016

Invitation to the awards ceremony and launch by the anthology "Digital Life – New words about gaming"

Fritt Ord invites the public to the launch of the computer game anthology "Digital Life – New words about gaming" and to the awards ceremony on Thursday, 1 September, at 8 p.m. at the Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology, Industry and Medicine.

In autumn 2015, Fritt Ord invited the public to an essay contest about gaming as a phenomenon, culture and social criticism.Of 180 entries, there will be 10 finalists. These will be made public on digitaleliv.no, one each day, from 23 August to 1 September.

The launch of the anthology and the announcement of the winner of the writing competition will take place on Thursday, 1 September at the Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology, Industry and Medicine . The event will begin at 8 p.m. in the Amphi, and it is just one of many exciting items on the programme for the LATE Independent Games Festival. There will also be music, lectures, a quiz and a tournament. Tickets can be purchased at the door: Ordinary ticket: NOK 150, student: NOK 100.

august
22
2016

Freedom of expression losing ground in the world of academia

Universities and colleges have been among the most tolerant locations for critical debates and discourse. That is in the process of changing rapidly - without the phenomenon having attracted attention in Norway:
  • On US campuses, the tolerance for freedom of expression is being reduced and censorship of reading lists and lecturers is spreading in the wake of numerous student campaigns.
  • In Turkey, thousands of university employees were fired after the attempted coup in July.
  • The University of Cape Town in South Africa recently cancelled an invitation to Flemming Rose to deliver a keynote address because they thought it would be "provocative".
  • In Europe, the demand for "trigger warnings" in respect of art and syllabus literature is gaining momentum.



august
14
2016

Call for the Autumn 2016 applications to the Perspektivy programme is now open

We warmly invite mid-career journalists with over three years experience to apply for the series of workshops on “Reporting skills in the digital era” organised by the professional development programme ‘Perspektivy’. The workshops aim to develop skills on news repoting and how best to promote it in the challenging environment of the digital era.

Programme dates for the Autumn 2016 workshop sessions:
  • 2-4 September: “Reporting news, reports, long reads for the media of the digital era”
  • 29-30 September: “Theory and practice of interviews, working with sources of information for use in the digital media”

Application deadline is 14 August 2016.

august
02
2016

Senior Advisor - 1 year position at the Fritt Ord Foundation

The Fritt Ord Foundation have an open position as senior advisor in the administration from September 2016.

See the following description for more information. NB: Norwegian text only.

juni
25
2016

World premier of 'The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes' at the House of Film

Press release
Oslo, 24 June 2016


The Production Company Piraya Film has scheduled the premier of the controversial documentary film 'The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes', at the House of Film in Oslo at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday 25 June.

The film was completed yesterday, and the screening at Cinemateket in the House of Film will be the first showing open to the public. Director Andrei Nekrasov and producer Torstein Grude will introduce the film and be present to answer questions after the screening.

juni
22
2016

Language as culture

Grants for library literature programmes, 2016–17

Linguistic identity, dialects, hate talk, Anglo-Norwegian, language policy, the language of the future, the language of power, multi-lingualism, the language controversy in Norway, the language of young people, sign language, linguistic research, New Norse, the language of texting, technical terminology, Pidgeon language, kebob Norwegian, minority languages, the language debate

What languages are in use in Norway today? How does literature reflect the world of language? How can the libraries communicate Norwegian language culture through new activities and initiatives?

The Fritt Ord Foundation is announcing grants of NOK 50 000 each for communications activities and discussions based on Norwegian factual prose and fiction. Applications will be accepted for funding for lectures, seminars, debates, dialogues or Internet-based communications activities.

Deadline for applications: 22 June 2016

juni
21
2016

What are taboos?

Fritt Ord, Index on Censorship and the Free Word Centre invite the public to an evening with conversations on taboos on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Fritt Ord's premises in Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.

There will be introductions and conversations with Rachael Jolley, editor of the global magazine Index on Censorship, Maria Stepanova, poet and editor of the webzine Colta.ru, Moscow, and Pål Johan Karlsen, author and editor-in-chief of the website Psykologisk.no. Knut Olav Åmås, executive director of the Fritt Ord Foundation, will be the introductory speaker and moderator.

The conversation will be conducted in English and the event is open to the public.

juni
08
2016

The Freedom to Be Racist?

On Wednesday June 8, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Institute for Social Research are hosting a debate on freedom of expression and racism at the Fritt Ord offices in Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo.

We have invited political scientist Erik Bleich to talk about his book The Freedom to be Racist?, in which he explores the ways liberal democracies like France, Germany and the US have sought to balance freedom of expression and racism.

Comments by Mohamed Abdi, columnist for Morgenbladet and Anne Sender, secretary general of The Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities. The conversation is moderated by Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, researcher at the Institute for Social Research.

juni
04
2016

The Middle East: World Crisis?

The New York Review of Books Foundation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Auswertige Politik are organising a two-day conference in Berlin on the current political and economic situation in the Middle East.

The conference will take place at Rauchstraße 17,
Berlin, Germany on 4-5 June 2016, and is supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation and others. Reuters Institute Digital News Report. To register, please follow this link.

Topics to be discussed include the foreign policy of Iran, the rise of ISIS, the situation in Iraq and Syria, migration into Europe, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

juni
02
2016

Black Metal and freedom of expression – extreme expressions encounter extreme attitudes

The Fritt Ord Foundation and Gammaglimt invite the public to a screening of the documentary film BLACKHEARTS, followed by a panel discussion on Thursday, 2 June 2016 at 7 p.m. at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo. The panel consists of Sina Winter, Black Metal artist from Iran and the main character in the documentary, Kristian Eivind Espedal AKA Gaahl, former vocalist in the Black Metal band Gorgoroth, currently with the band Gaahl’s Wyrd, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Iran Human Rights, Jan Lothe Eriksen, SafeMuse and Fredrik Horn Akselsen, director.

Knut Olav Åmås of the Fritt Ord Foundation will introduce the film, and Håvard Rem, author of the book Native Screams – Norwegian Black Metal, will moderate the debate.

mai
20
2016

Good criticism 2016

The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who supply reviews to TV/radio. The grant scheme will provide aggregate funding of MNOK 6 over a three-year period.

The grants are available to critics who work in any field of art or culture. The grants are intended to result in the production of concrete, ongoing reviews throughout the year; the goal is to improve the level of quality and professionalisation for a number of Norwegian critics each year. The Fritt Ord Foundation would like to give more critics better opportunities to pursue their profession and to spend more time on it. The grants are intended to be in addition to other revenue streams from reviews.

Application deadline: Friday 20 May 2016 at 3 p.m.

mai
19
2016

Shifting Boundaries. The European Photo Exhibition Award 03 opens in Paris 19 May 2016

On 19 May 2016 at 6.30 p.m. the third epea exhibition will open in Paris. The exhibition showcases twelve European photographers: Arianna Arcara (Italy), Pierfrancesco Celada (Italy), Marthe Aune Eriksen (Norway), Jakob Ganslmeier (Germany), Margarida Gouveia (Portugal), Marie Hald (Denmark), Dominic Hawgood (United Kingdom), Robin Hinsch (Germany), Ildikó Péter (Hungary), Eivind H. Natvig (Norway), Marie Sommer (France) and Christina Werner (Austria).

The initiative is developped by the Körber-Stiftung (Germany), the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France (Portugal), Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca (Italy) and the Fritt Ord Foundation (Norway).

epea aims to contribute to and to intensify dialogue within Europe. The project also wants to support young European photographers at the beginning of their careers by providing international facilities.

Download the press release The full conference programme can be viewed here (pdf).

mai
03
2016

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DAY 2016

The Norwegian Press Association, the Norwegian Union of Journalists, the Association of Norwegian Editors, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Norwegian PEN, IPI Norway, Mediabedriftene and the Norwegian UNESCO Commission invite the public to a seminar on the occasion of Freedom of the Press Day, on Tuesday 3 May, 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. at Sentralen in Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo.

Registration through Facebook or by email.


april
19
2016

Awards ceremony, Fritt Ord Foundation Competition 2016

Thanks to all those who submitted contributions to the 2016 Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for upper secondary school students. We received many exciting texts and media productions on censorship in both direct and indirect forms, featuring many good observations about digital surveillance, freedom of information, self-censorship and rebellion against established truths.

Three winners have been chosen from among 150 entries submitted by 210 participants. The three winners of the competition are:
  • Sara Pernille Jensen, Oslo Cathedral School
  • André Jonassen, Stavanger Cathedral School
  • Thea Sundet, Thora Storm Upper Secondary School, Trondheim


april
19
2016

Open door: Flemming Rose in conversation with Editor Anders Heger

Has uncompromising faith in free speech had to yield to self-censorship, fear and caution?

Fritt Ord and Cappelen Damm invite the public to a conversation with Flemming Rose on Tuesday, 19 April at 7.00 p.m. at Cappelen Damm in Akersgata 47/49, Oslo.


Flemming Rose is the cultural affairs editor who took the initiative to publish the Muhammed caricatures in Jyllandsposten, triggering the most comprehensive discussion of freedom of expression in Europe in recent times. Ten years later, Rose takes the temperature of today's Europe in his new book “A Hymn to Freedom”. The preface of the book can be read on Forlagsliv. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 60 000 in support for the translation of “A Hymn to Freedom”.

april
15
2016

Digital life - new facets of gaming

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate on the place of computer gaming in culture and society. The campaign is entitled Digital life - new facets of gaming, and it consists of debate meetings and an essay contest. Twelve essays about the importance of gaming and gaming culture are to be selected for and published in a digital anthology in spring 2016.

Over the past few years, computer games have consolidated their position as a popular cultural phenomenon. More than 500 million individuals play computer games each day, and many teens as well as adults find computer games to be the cultural expression with which they can most readily identify. This makes computer gaming an influential cultural genre that nevertheless offers severely limited critical and reflective latitude for discussion, since a large part of gaming journalism today consists of game reviews and consumer instructions.

april
13
2016

From 'clicktivism' to action: youthful involvement, cooperation and technology!

Fritt Ord invites the public to a debate on Wednesday, 13 April, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.

Political and social involvement can manifest itself in different ways during fragmented times. How is it possible to keep people's interest when attitudes change so quickly? How can one get involved in a way that brings results, and is activism on the street still important? It is easy to 'like' posts on Facebook, but actually achieving something usually calls for more than that.

Join the discussion on the involvement of young people in today's society.



april
10
2016

Call for applications: Cross Border Journalism

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.

Perspektivy is a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation. Perspektivy is a professional development programme for journalists and editors from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

april
08
2016

Meeting place: Virtual reality

The digital revolution has changed our lives dramatically, and technological development will permeate tomorrow's society in ways we cannot even imagine today. We invite the audience, game developers, researchers and players to the "Big Stage" and we will address issues related to our digital life: Freedom, moral grey zones and how technological development affects us as individuals and societies. How far has the development of VR technology come? What are game developers dreaming up? Can the virtual world become more real than the "real" world? Are we ourselves in computer games?

Fritt Ord, Den Nationale Scene and Bergen Public Library welcome the public to a panel discussion about computer games, the theatre and Virtual Reality technology. There will be a discussion on the "Big Stage" and testing of Oculus Rift in the Main Lobby.

april
07
2016

Workshop: New facets of gaming

In connection with the project "Digital Life", Fritt Ord invites gaming enthusiasts and gaming critics to submit texts about new facets of gaming. How should one write about computer games? Why are computer games important?" What deserves emphasis? How we can take this new medium seriously and meet it with an independent, critical and possibly personal tone?

We invite the public to a workshop for you who are thinking about submitting a text, but still have some questions. What kinds of texts are relevant? Which topics would be interesting to address?

Journalist and gaming enthusiast Martin Bergesen will chair the workshop that will be held at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology on Thursday, 7 April, from 5 to 7 p.m. Register by sending an email to registering@frittord.no or an SMS to +47 452 07667. There are 10-15 places in the workshop, and participation is free of charge.

april
06
2016

Is "Norwegian Islam" possible?

• What is actually needed to strengthen moderate forces of Islam in Europe and Norway?
• Is it possible to envisage Islam adapted to conditions in Norway? How?
• What are the most important strategies for fighting Islamic extremism?

A few weeks ago, conservative Muslim Mohammad Usman Rana's book entitled Norwegian Islam. How to love Norway and Islam at the same time was published by Aschehoug. It has given rise to vehement discussions. Fritt Ord invites the public to a critical debate in prolongation of some of the topics in the book. Rana will introduce the theme and four prominent social commentators will carry the discussion further.

Please note: The event is full. The debate will be filmed, and the recording will be posted on the Fritt Ord Foundation's YouTube channel by the weekend.



mars
30
2016

The Art of Storytelling in Games

How to develop the art of good storytelling in today's computer games? The diversity of computer games is getting continuously broader: On the one hand, the blockbusters open up new worlds through magnificent special effects. On the other, they tell intimate and personal stories by insinuative, subtle means. Which possibilities do we have ahead for storytelling in games? How do games learn from other media, and what do other media learn from games? To read, see, do - how are the stories influenced by the media’s different properties?

Fritt Ord, Spillpikene and PressFire.no invite the public to a new panel discussion on Wednesday, 30 March.

mars
30
2016

Theme days: "The vital point of contention"

The ‘kåkå quarrelsome cathedral’ once again invites the public to theme days in Stavanger in collaboration with Fritt Ord. This time the point of departure will be the concept of a "fellowship of disagreement". At kåkå, we say that "the good quarrelsome person strengthens the fellowship of disagreement." In a reply regarding the importance of the fellowship of disagreement in the newspaper Aftenbladet, the Chair of the Board and artistic leader concluded with the following twist on Norway's Constituent Declaration of 1814: "In disagreement and faith until the Dovre mountains fall". It is only with significant, good enough and not least visible disagreement as a foundation that makes it possible for politicians to frame sufficiently robust consensus resolutions in the city council and Storting that will afford us a stable and democratic Norway in future.

mars
14
2016

Dugma – The Button and images of the enemy

Dugma – The Button and images of the enemy
The Fritt Ord Foundation and Medieoperatørene invite the public to a screening of the new documentary film Dugma – The Button by Director Pål Salahdin Refsdal, on Monday, 14 March 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo. The screening will be followed by a conversation about images of the enemy between Pål Salahdin Refsdal and Thomas Hegghammer, a researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Lene Bomann-Larsen, a philosopher who is research manager at the Norwegian Military Academy, will moderate the session.

Registration: registering@frittord.no

mars
10
2016

Olivia Arthur and Eugene Richards: The photograph and the instruments at hand

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) invite the public to a seminar featuring photographers Olivia Arthur and Eugene Richards on Thursday, 10 March 2016, from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.

How important are sources other than the pictures when photographers work with projects? How are video, audio and text elements integrated into complex stories? Moreover, how can other types of communication help showcase the photographs?

mars
02
2016

Try, err, learn. Games as hype or Holy Grail?

Is there too much optimism associated with the use of computer games in teaching? What possibilities and challenges do the games offer, and is there a difference in the learning effect between commercial games and educational games?

The Fritt Ord Foundation, in collaboration with Spillpikene.no, PressFire.no and the Centre for ICT in Education, invites the public to a critical debate and exploration of games such as The Walking Dead, The Witness and Minecraft. Take part in discussing learning outcomes, different teaching plans and how to work for better, more strategic use of games at school.

Date: 2 March 2016
Venue: The Fritt Ord Foundation's premises, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo



mars
01
2016

Censorship on the agenda

The Fritt Ord Foundation's Competition for Upper Secondary Schools is in the process of being launched. The Fritt Ord Foundation hopes to contribute to carving out a stronger position for discussions of freedom of expression and issues of democracy in Norwegian classrooms. What is the status of freedom of expression in schools for students and teachers when it comes to sensitive topics?

"This year's topic is censorship in all its variations, both direct and indirect. The censorship and self-censorship we do not notice and which is the most difficult to see, may possibly be among the most interesting types of censorship to discuss. Some of them are linked to the consequences of threats of terror, others to more or less hidden opportunities that digitisation offers for surveillance, control and limitations on utterances – in addition to the fantastic opportunities it creates", comments Knut Olav Åmås, executive director of the Fritt Ord Foundation.

februar
26
2016

Call for nominations for the 2016 Free Media Award

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius hereby invite nominations of journalists, bloggers, Internet media and newspapers for the 2016 Free Media Award.

The Free Media Award will be awarded to journalists and media outlets from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.


februar
22
2016

"Talibanistan" by Anders Sømme Hammer – a preview screening and discussion

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a preview screening of the documentary film "Talibanistan" by Anders Sømme Hammer on Monday, 22 February 2016, from 7.00–9.00 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Anders Sømme Hammer and Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of PRIO. "Talibanistan" is a documentary about the serious situation in Afghanistan, where the director has met and conducted in-depth interviews with seven members of the Taliban in the field, war victims and activists.

The event is fully booked.
Registration: registering@frittord.no

februar
17
2016

Taboo and wahoo. A debate on youth and self-censorship.

The Fritt Ord Foundation and Si ;D invite the public to a panel discussion on Wednesday, 17 February, from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

What do we not dare to write about today? Where do we draw the line? And why?

We have invited four young social commentators to discuss taboos and self-censorship, but we would also like to hear from you. Welcome to this open debate meeting!

februar
16
2016

Video, Truth, and Expression in the Age of YouTube

Human Rights, Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival, Witness, and Fritt Ord invite the public to the seminar Video, Truth, and Expression in the Age of YouTube, Tuesday 16 February, 2016, at 14:00-16:00 at Cinemateket (Oslo).

The seminar explore how videos shot by eyewitnesses, frontline human rights defenders, and citizen journalists are changing the face of news and the fight for human rights worldwide.

With millions of people now empowered by the mobile phones in their pockets, and video exploding as a tool for expression, how do we make sense of the sheer volume of footage emerging from all corners of the world? What innovative strategies can we employ to secure attention and accountability?

februar
10
2016

Jihad: A British Story by Deeyah Khan. Film screening and panel discussion

Free Word in collaboration with Fritt Ord and the Royal Norwegian Embassy invites the public to a screening of Jihad on Wednesday 10 Feb 2016, 6:30pm in the Free Word Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Road, London.

From the Free Word webpage:

Join us for a screening of Deeyah Khan's powerful film, Jihad, which explores the roots of Islamic radicalisation in the UK. The screening will be followed by a discussion, involving Deeyah and some of those featured in Jihad, chaired by lawyer and cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi.

The film was screened at a similar event at Fritt Ord in Oslo on 25 August 2015. Please email info@freewordcentre.com for seat reservations.

januar
27
2016

Digital Lives - War in Games

How is war portrayed in computer games, and why is the topic so widespread? Games like Battlefield and This War of Mine give completely different portrayals of war. The one is intended to offer entertainment and action, while the other allows the player, in a role as a civilian victim, to experience some of war's worst suffering and dilemmas.

Can games say something about how we relate to modern and historic warfare, and to the position of war in society? The Fritt Ord Foundation, Spillpikene and Pressfire invite the public to a special themed evening that examines war in games with a critical, but unbiased eye.

Welcome to the Fritt Ord Foundation at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo, on Wednesday, 27 January. The event is part of the project Digital Lives, which seeks to promote debate on gaming as a phenomenon, culture and social criticism.

januar
26
2016

Freedom of expression and political tolerance

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Institute for Social Research invite the public to a launch seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.

We will be launching a new report from the project entitled Status of Freedom of Expression in Norway: The Limits of Freedom of Expression: Norms, jurisprudence and political tolerance. We ask what lines the people of Norway draw when it comes to what can be articulated in public, and which groups of journalists and people in general have a legitimate place in the political and democratic community that makes up the public space, as well as who is not afforded such a place.

januar
25
2016

Ane Hjort Guttu: "Time Passes" – Oslo premiere

Fritt Ord hosts the Oslo premiere of Ane Hjort Guttu's film Time Passes on Monday the 25th of January 18.30-20.30 at Filmens hus (in Tancred). The screening is followed by a conversation between Guttu and Mike Sperlinger, professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO). Welcome by Bente Roalsvig at Fritt Ord. "Time Passes" explores the relationship between art and politics, and looks at the public attitude towards poverty.

Registration: registrering@frittord.no
Free admittance.

The film is centered around art student Damla and her ongoing performance project, which consists in her begging on the streets every day, together with Romanian Bianca. "If she has to sit like that, then we must actually all do it. And in art, you can change on the small scale what you really want to change on the large scale," says Damla when explaining the project to her class at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

januar
25
2016

Nominations for the Freedom of Expression Foundation Prize 2016

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.

januar
15
2016

The Governance of China

The New York Review of Books Foundation, the University of Hong Kong and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to an international conference on China that will take place on Friday and Saturday, 15-16 January 2016 at the University of Hong Kong.

The conference entitled The Governance of China will explore the questions ‘The State and Civil Society: Partnership or Containment?’, ‘The Internet and Social Media: Disputed Territory?’ and ‘Capitalism with a Chinese Face?’. Other topics for discussion include ‘The State at the Centre’, ‘Legal and Constitutional Reform’, ‘China and the World’ and ‘China and the Future of Hong Kong’.

Read more about the conference on the University of Hong Kong's website.

januar
15
2016

Teachers' seminar: Censorship

Welcome to a seminar on censorship in Norway and abroad, Friday, 15 January 2016, from 9.30 a.m. to 3.15 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

There will be lectures, discussions and group work, featuring Anine Kierulf, Ove Solum, Trond Haugen, Sidsel Wold and Ludvig Løkholm Lewin. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) correspondents Kristin Solberg and Peter Svaar will join in by video link.

Programme below. Registration here.

The seminar will be organised by the Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary Schools in collaboration with NRK School. The Fritt Ord Foundation competition is an annual event that invites upper secondary students to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy.

januar
06
2016

Extra funds for journalism in 2016

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites applications for the programme 'Quality Journalism in a New Era'. Up to 10 MNOK will be awarded annually in 2016 and 2017.

A list of the projects that have already received funding can be found here.

For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the current demanding situation being experienced by the media and thereby by the general public as a whole, we want to do even more to pave the way for and support critical, meaningful high-quality journalism in several fields. Applications will be processed continuously throughout the year.

Deadlines can be found here.