Calendar - Archive

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

Hvordan beskytte sivile i krig?

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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

Kampen om Iraks fremtid

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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
  • 1 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
04
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.

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.

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.

desember
02
2015

Digital life - What is so special about gaming?

Computer games are widely varied cultural expressions that thematise everything from political ideology to the meaning of life. However, in the major debates taking place about computer games, where is the Norwegian public? What is the status of Norwegian gaming journalism?

Wednesday, 2 December, Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2. Entrance from Parkveien

From 4.30 p.m.:
You can play Among the Sleep, The Last of Us and Journey with game developers and other players. Food and drink will be served.

6.00 p.m.:
Participate in an open discussion with
  • Jon Cato Lorentzen, Krillbite Studio
  • Kristine Jørgensen, University of Bergen
  • Marianne Lerdahl, Sarepta Studio
  • Jarle Hrafn Grindhaug, PressFire.no


desember
01
2015

Good Pitch Europe returns to the Nordic countries

BRITDOC, supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation and other Nordic partners, brought Good Pitch Europe to Oslo on March 25th 2015. In May 2016 Good Pitch Europe is coming to Stockholm, Sweden. Call for Entries is now open.

Good Pitch is looking for ambitious documentary projects that will be the catalyst for social, political or environmental change. Deadline Dec 1st. https://goodpitch.org/events/gpeu2016

Join alumni including Virunga, This Changes Everything, Rebels!, Democrats, The Invisible War, Private Violence, Dreamcatcher, 3.5 Minutes, American Promise, Bully, The Square, Dirty Wars, Speed Sisters, Ida’s Diary...

november
30
2015

Dansken, svensken og nordmannen - nordmannen om næringsliv

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november
25
2015

Theme days on conspiracy theories

kåkå kverulantkatedralen and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to theme days on conspiracy theories 25–28 November 2015 at kåkå kverulantkatedralen, Sting Nere, Valberget 3, Stavanger.

There will be a concert, debates and talks featuring Flemming Rose, Shoaib Sultan, Anne Sender, Daniel Wiklander, Bård Larsen, John Færseth, Marie Bergman, Terje Emberland, Tom Hetland, Cecilie Bjelland, Knut Olav Åmås, and others.


PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 25 November, 7.00 p.m.
Conspiracy theories in and about Muslim communities

After centuries of conspiracies about Jews, is the conspiracy mentality becoming our worst racism-related problem?

Keynote speaker: Shoaib Sultan, the Green Party, formerly of the Norwegian Centre against Racism and the Islamic Council Norway

november
23
2015

Dansken, svensken og nordmannen - svensken om politikk

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november
17
2015

Dansken, svensken og nordmannen - dansken om kultur

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oktober
30
2015

Enemy Kitchen, performance lunch in collaboration with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

The seminar Looters, Smugglers and Collectors: Provenance Research and the Art Market will be held on 29 and 30 October in connection with the exhibition In Search of Matisse at the Henie Onstad Art Centre. The exhibition brings to the fore the plundering of cultural heritages and works of art.

The first part of the seminar will be held at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, presenting research and relevant curated projects, as well as projects by the artists who have contributed to the exhibition. Part two of the seminar will take place at the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2, where Michael Rakowitz will present his performance lunch 'Enemy Kitchen'. Please note: Separate registration is required for each part of the seminar.

oktober
20
2015

What kind of future do we want?

The Norwegian Polytechnic Society and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to two open meetings about nanotechnology at the House of Literature in Oslo. The meetings will be held on two Tuesdays, 6 and 20 October 2015, from 7 to 9 p.m. Please register at www.polyteknisk.no.


oktober
13
2015

But censorship was not dead… Seminar for teachers, 13 October

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the National Association for Norwegian Teaching (LNU) welcome participants to a seminar on censorship and text generation in the classroom on Tuesday, 13 October, from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., at Fritt Ord's premises at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo. There will be lectures and time will be set aside for discussions and group work.

Read more about the Fritt Ord Foundation competition for upper secondary schools here or at www.frittordkonkurransen.no.

oktober
09
2015

PHOTOGRAPHS LIE, PHOTOGRAPHERS DON’T

Fritt Ord and Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) invite the public to the seminar Photographs Lie, Photographers Don't, with Donald Weber. The seminar will take place on Friday 9 October 2015 at 5 p.m. (from 5.00–6.30 p.m.) at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

Photographer Donald Weber argues for the return of control over the image, giving authorship to the photographer, and reducing the current dominance of technique and aesthetics in photojournalism. Photojournalism as ethics, as a genre, has been hijacked by "photojournalism" – the style. The style suggests then "truth", objectivity, justice, the rule of error, et cetera. How is it that when photographing action the idea of ​​what photojournalism is and should be is going to be undermined? "A story needs someone to tell it.” Will we be able to take back the meaning of photojournalism, and give meaning to our readers, through authorial photographs? It’s our only hope.

september
18
2015

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 2016.

Closing date for applications: Friday 18 September, 2015 at noon.

september
15
2015

Ida's Diary - Oslo Screening

Indie Film, the Fritt Ord Foundation and Tour de Force have the pleasure to invite the public to a screening of Ida's Diary at Victoria Cinema at 5.30 p.m. on 15 September.

The documentary film will be followed by a discussion about mental health and openness, featuring Ida Storm and Adrian Lorentsson, representing the Norwegian Association of Youth Mental Health. The discussion will be moderated by Ingvild Berg, editor of Aftenposten's Si ;D.


august
25
2015

JIHAD: A Story of the Others - Norwegian Film Premiere and Conversation

Fritt Ord and Fuuse invite to the Norwegian premiere of JIHAD: A Story of the Others, followed by a discussion on extremism and deradicalization on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 5 p.m. Venue: The Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.

Participants in the conversation are: Abu Muntasir, one of the founding fathers of the jihadi movement in the UK. Today he works on discouraging young people from joining the Islamic State. Alyas Karmani, a devoted follower of Abu Muntasir in the past. He is now an imam and active campaigner against extremism. Professor Tore Bjørgo at Politihøgskolen and NUPI. Film Director and Producer Deeyah.

Editor-in-Chief of Hatespeech International, Kjetil Stormark, will moderate the conversation.

juni
24
2015

Brave journalists and media organisations from Russia and Eastern Europe to be awarded Press Prizes

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung invite the public to attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 12.00 h.

The six journalists and media organisations who will be awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Press Prizes at the The Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo are the weekly newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya and editor Galina Timchenko from Russia, the news agency Slidstvo.Info and the journalists Serhiy Harmash and Valentyna Samar from Ukraine, along with the online news medium Netgazeti from Georgia.

Read more about the laureates here.

Attendees are asked to please register by sending an email to hanne.vorland@frittord.no

juni
19
2015

Youth|Literature|Library: Literature programmes at libraries 2015–16

The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for grants of NOK 50 000 each for literature programmes at libraries that target for youth from 13-19 years of age. Examples include funding for communications activities aimed at non-fiction, fiction and comic strips through meetings with writers, writing courses, debates, reading circles or online communications activities. At the same time, we are open to original ideas for presenting topics other than literature.

Applications are invited from public libraries, or from individuals or organisations that have an event agreement with a library. School libraries that cooperate with local libraries can apply, provided the activities in question are organised at the library. Funding applications can apply to individual events or a series of events. The initiatives should be carried out in autumn 2015 or in 2016.

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2015.

juni
09
2015

What is the climate for debate like in the Scandinavian countries?

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate on Tuesday, 9 June, from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

Author Karl Ove Knausgård's tirade against the climate debate in Sweden has given rise to intense discussions in Norway and Denmark as well. What actually characterises freedom of information in the three Scandinavian countries? How we are similar – and how do we differ? Is Sweden a country of "Cyclopes", i.e. of unilateral conflict avoidance? Is the Norwegian climate for debate in the process to becoming cruder and more amateurish? And has the Danish debate won or lost the caricature controversy? The Fritt Ord Foundation welcomes the public to an unbiased, knowledgeable evening about freedom of information in Scandinavia.

Welcome:
Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director of the Fritt Ord Foundation

Speakers:
Bjørn Stærk, author and social commentator, Oslo
Mustafa Can, author and journalist, Stockholm
Mikael Jalving, author and commentator, Copenhagen

Moderator:
Hilde Sandvik, culture and debate editor at Bergens Tidende

Free entrance, light refreshments. The event will be streamed.

juni
06
2015

The arts and freedom of expression

What is the status of freedom of expression in the arts in 2015? This question will be discussed at the Bergen International Festival on Saturday, 6 June, based on the survey "When artists assess freedom of expression in Norway, anno 2014", which received support from the Fritt Ord Foundation.

The report indicates that freedom of expression in the arts is under heavy pressure - and not merely from political and religious extremists. A large part of the general public has little understanding of artistic freedom, and one in three artists maintains that they have experienced limitations being placed on their freedom of expression.

These topics will be discussed by:
  • William Nygaard, Chair of the Board of Norwegian PEN
  • Marianne Hurum, Chair of the Board of the Young Artists' Society
  • Flemming Rose, Foreign Affairs Editor at Jyllands-Posten
  • Karin Hindsbo, Director, KODE Art Museum

Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director of the Fritt Ord Foundation, will be the moderator. Read more on the event's Facebook page.

mai
31
2015

epea 02: The New Social - opening of the exhibition in Hamburg

31 March 2015 will mark the opening of the photo project epea, the "European Photo Exhibition Award 02: The New Social" at the House of Photography/Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.

Curator Ingo Taubhorn and Kai-Michael Hartig from the Körber Stiftung will speak at the grand opening, which begins at 7.30 pm.

The exhibition is on view until 31 May 2015. It has previously been shown at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, in Lucca, Italy, and in Paris.

mai
16
2015

At the Gates/In Transit: Photo exhibition and seminar at the main Deichman Library

The photo exhibition "At the Gates/In Transit", sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation, can be seen at the main Deichman Library for the rest of this week. The exhibition focuses on refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece and Finland, and it is part of the project "Fortress Europe - from a Youth Perspective".

On Saturday, 16 May, from 2.00-4.00 p.m., the initiators will be hosting a luncheon seminar on the EU's asylum policy from a youth perspective. Elias Vartio, project coordinator from Futurelab Europe, is presenting a new report on the Dublin system, based on surveys conducted in Finland, Norway, the UK, Belgium and Greece.

mai
12
2015

Cass Sunstein in Oslo

Professor Cass Sunstein will be holding the annual Vilhelm Aubert Memorial Lecture and be speaking at open seminars in Oslo on Tuesday, 12 May.

Cass Sunstein is a professor of Law at Harvard University and previously occupied a central position in the Obama administration. He has worked with a wide range of topics, not least in relation to democratic constitution, administration and freedom of expression. Sunstein has published a number of bestselling books. They include: Choosing not to Choose, Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, Nudge (together with Richard Thaler), Wiser: Getting beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter and Why Societies Need Dissent.

mai
08
2015

Launch party for NORWEGIAN JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY #2

We invite the public to a launch party for the second edition of the NORWEGIAN JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY (NJP) on Friday, 8 May 2015, at 6.00 p.m. at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo, to celebrate all the photographers and to present their photo projects:

  • Terje Abusdal: SUMMER LONG
  • Ivar Kvaal: HESSDALEN VALLEY
  • Anne-Stine Johnsbråten: EASTSIDE – WESTSIDE
  • Knut Egil Wang: WHILE WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE
  • Mathilde Helene Pettersen: SEARCHING FOR CLOUDBERRIES
  • Tomm Wilgaard Christiansen: THE BLOODLANDS
  • Jonas Bendiksen: VESTERÅLEN
  • Margaret M. de Lange: INVISIBLE SCARS

Programme for the evening:
  • Welcome by Bente Roalsvig, Project Director, Fritt Ord Foundation
  • Introduction by Rune Eraker, Laara Matsen and Espen Rasmussen, editors of NJP
  • Presentations of the independent photo essays by the photographers
  • About the book, by Gösta Flemming, publishing editor at the photo book publisher Journal
  • Unveiling and unpacking of the books
  • Musical interval and light refreshments
  • Announcement of the new group of photographers selected for the third edition of NJP


mai
04
2015

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DAY 2015

​Blasphemy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press - free as long as no one is offended?

UNESCO, the Norwegian Press Association, the Association of Norwegian Editors, the Norwegian Union of Journalists, Norwegian PEN and the Fritt Ord Foundation invite the public to a seminar on Monday, 4 May, from 5.30–8.00 p.m. at the House of Literature in Oslo. The event is open to the general public.

PROGRAMME
Opening by head of the UNESCO Commission Tora Aasland and President of the Storting Olemic Thommessen

EXHIBIT OF THE CARICATURES IN THE WAKE OF CHARLIE HEBDO
Newspaper artist Roar Hagen, VG

WHAT DO WE WANT WITH FREEDOM OF THE PRESS?
Media commentator Svein Egil Omdal

THE ARAB SPRING – WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS?
  • Editor Tarek Atia, Egypt Media Development Programme
  • Director Aidan White, Ethical Journalism NetworkJournalist Kristin Solberg, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation


april
17
2015

Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute to the Ring of Peace

The young Muslim initiators behind the Ring of Peace are awarded the Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute for their unique demonstration that mobilised a large number of citizens to form a protective ring around the country's Jews.

The initiators, consisting of a group of eight individuals between the ages of 17 and 37, are Zeeshan Abdullah, Hajrah Arshad, Ali Chishti, Atif Jamil, Morad Jarodi, Mudassar Mehmood, Thomas Holgersen Daher Naustdal and Hassan Raja.

The Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute recognises remarkable efforts to promote free speech, often in connection with current events. Tributes are accompanied by a cash award of NOK 100 000.

april
16
2015

Prisutdeling - Ytringsfrihetens helter og antihelter

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april
15
2015

Pre-screening of CITIZENFOUR

Fritt Ord, Oslo Documentary Cinema, Tour de Force and weekly newspaper Ny Tid invite the public to a pre-screening of the Oscar winning documentary film CITIZENFOUR, Wednesday 15 April at 5.30 p.m. at Victoria Kino, Oslo.

The film is preceded by a conversation between lawyer Jon Wessel-Aas member of the Edward Snowden defence team, Patrick Toomey from The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

mars
25
2015

Good Pitch Europe

BRITDOC, supported by Fritt Ord Foundation and other Nordic partners are bringing Good Pitch Europe to Norway on March 25th 2015.

Good Pitch is a collaboration with Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute and brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

The European line up of filmmakers, who will be traveling from the Netherlands, Turkey, Sweden, UK, and Norway to participate in the live event include Ilse & Femke van Velzen (A Haunting History), Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan (Blue ID), Dylan Williams & Erik Pauser (The Borneo Case), Mike Day (The Island and the Whales), Peter Middleton & James Spinney (Notes on Blindness), Kari Anne Moe (Rebels!), and Henry Singer & Rob Miller (The Trial of Ratko Mladic).

mars
19
2015

Visning og samtale: «Jeg er Kuba»

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mars
16
2015

Call for applications: FutureLab Europe 2015 – The Council of Young European Citizens

FutureLab Europe was established in 2011 as a cooperative project among 10 European foundations (European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship), including Fritt Ord. The programme focuses on engaged young people between the ages of 20 and 30 who would like to take part in debates and influence the future of Europe. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2015.



mars
14
2015

What’s Wrong with the Economy—and with Economics?

What’s Wrong with the Economy—and with Economics? To explore this question, The Fritt Ord Foundation, The New York Review of Books Foundation and The Dan David Prize are organising a two-day conference in New York. Among the topics to discussed are Economics after the Crash: A Discipline in Need of Renewal? and The Problem of Value: Economics as a Moral Science.

The conference will take place at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, on March 14-15 2015. Open to all, $20 admission. Please go here to register.

mars
02
2015

Fritt Ord Foundation competition: Freedom of expression's heroes and anti-heroes

The Fritt Ord Foundation competition for upper secondary school students is introducing a new topic for the 2014/2015 school year: "The Heroes and Anti-heroes of Freedom of Expression". We invite pupils to contribute texts or media productions that examine and introduce their hero or anti-hero.

februar
15
2015

NJP calls for new photographers

Documentary photography in Norway has experienced a pronounced renaissance over the last decade, establishing its position as a self-standing genre, autonomous from Art and press photography. Owing to the Fritt Ord Foundation’s support for the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP), a growing number of Norwegian photographers have had a new platform to showcase their independent, long-term projects to both national and international audiences.

februar
11
2015

Konflikt. Mangfold. Uenighet. Hva betyr ytringsfrihet for deg?

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februar
09
2015

Veiledningsdag: kan bidraget ditt bli enda bedre?

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februar
09
2015

Forslag til Fritt Ords Pris 2015

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