Prizes – The Freedom of Expression Prize

The Freedom of Expression Prize

The Freedom of Expression Prize is the institution's highest distinction. According to its statutes, the Prize is preferably to be awarded in early May each year in connection with the commemoration of Norway's liberation from German Occupation. The Prize is an acknowledgement accorded to individuals or institutions engaged in activities deemed especially worthwhile in the light of the institution's objects clause. In extraordinary cases, two Prizes can be awarded during the same year, or the Prize can be divided between two recipients. The Prize is accompanied by the Freedom of Expression statuette, crafted by Nils Aas, and a sum of money. The decision to award the Prize is made by the Freedom of Expression Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The Freedom of Expression Prize 2017

The Freedom of Expression Prize 2016

Photo: Jørn H. Moen
Freedom of Expression Foundation Prize for 2016 awarded to Lt. General Robert Mood for demonstrating great civil courage in critical debates on the Armed Forces' role in society. Robert Mood has been a civic-minded and undogmatic leader in the Armed Forces for years. He has contributed actively and astutely to several important, critical debates on the Armed Forces' role in international operations and in Norwegian society.

Press Release
Speech by Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn
Speech by Robert Mood
Footage from the award ceremony
 

The Freedom of Expression Prize 2015

Robin Schaefer and Jan Erik Skog receives The Freedom of Expression Prize 2015 for their courageous efforts to uncover misconduct in the Norwegian working life.

Press Release 03.03.2015
Speech by Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn
Speech by Jan Erik Skog
Speech by Robin Schaefer
Footage from the award ceremony

The Freedom of Expression Prize 2014

Anne Sender receives The Freedom of Expression Prize 2014 for having hightened the Jewish minority history in Norway and for many years working against anti-Semitic attitudes. As a Jew, she independently and courageously put a critical spotlight on the policy of the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the area of ​​conflict, not least by her own observations of living conditions in the West Bank.

Speech by Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn, Chair of the Board of Trustees (in Norwegian)
Speech by Anne Sender (in Norwegian)
Press release
Footage from the award ceremony

The Freedom of Expression Prize 2013

Photo: Jarle Vines
Per Fugelli is awarded the Freedom of Expression Prize for 2013 for having given a voice to cancer patients and those who stand face to face with death.

Press release
Speech by Georg Fr. Rieber-Mohn, Chair of the Board of Trustees (in Norwegian)
Speech by Per Fugelli (in Norwegian)
Footage from the award ceremony