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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
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Norway’s TV2 ‘plots record cuts restructure’
[Norwaynews] [09.05.2016, 07:48am, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV2 is reportedly planning to make record cuts of NOK350 million (US$42.7 million) over the next four years.

Olav T SandnesVarious local reports say “shock waves” were sent through the local industry upon the announcement, though the number of jobs lost was not clear, and TBI couldn’t reach Egmont-owned TV2 before press time this morning.

However, the Nordic Film and TV Fund reported employees were immediately offered to apply to severance packages as part of a strategic initiative known as ‘TV2 in 2020’.

“The time for gradual changes in the industry is over and the time for gradual changes at TV2 will also come to an end,” TV2 CEO Olav T Sandnes (pictured) told the board in a statement. “It’s time for us to equip ourselves in the best possible way to achieve further growth.”
‘Narrow-minded’ Sweden hails stage version of acclaimed Norwegian novel
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2015, 05:55pm, Sun. GMT]
When director Ole Anders Tandberg was asked to stage My Struggle for Stockholm’s city theatre at the start of this year, his instinct was to refuse. The six-volume autobiographical novel by the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, with its highly personal voice and frequent shifts between memoir and essay, was something no play could do justice to.
Snowden awarded freedom of expression prize, Norway
[Norwaynews] [04.06.2015, 10:58am, Thu. GMT]
Former security contractor Edward Snowden won a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression Tuesday and received yet another invitation to leave his exile and receive the award in person. The Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression said the 31-year old fugitive had won the Bjornson Prize -- named after a Norwegian Nobel literature laureate -- "for his work protecting privacy and for shining a critical light on US surveillance of its citizens and others."
BBC Brit most watched international channel in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:54pm, Thu. GMT]
BBC Brit, one of the three new global genre brands from BBC Worldwide, made its international debut as a TV channel in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland on April 13th. The channel got off to a positive start providing strong overnight figures for launch day and becoming the most watched international channel in Norway, according to figures from TNS Gallup.
The Protection of Journalists and Freedom of Expression in the Face of Conflict
[Norway] [27.02.2015, 02:25pm, Fri. GMT]
'We need to do more to protect fundamental human rights and ensure safety for journalists. And that is the starting point for the discussion we are having here today', said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen in his speech at International Peace Institute.
A watershed for freedom of expression
[Norway] [22.01.2015, 08:52am, Thu. GMT]
On the flight home from Paris, having taken part in the historic rally against extremism and terrorism, it became increasingly clear to me that the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will stand as a watershed moment in the history of freedom of expression in Europe. The terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo was a direct attack on one of the most fundamental democratic rights. It was a direct attack on freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
Opening of new Norwegian International Press Centre
[Norwaynews] [10.06.2014, 09:48pm, Tue. GMT]
I am very pleased to be here today – for the opening of your new offices. 20 years have passed since the establishment of this Norwegian International Press Centre just before the Lillehammer Olympic Games. The idea in 1994 was to ensure good working conditions for the foreign press based in Norway. Today this is as important as ever, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Foreign correspondents continue to play a significant role in our fast-paced and globalised world. You present both news and valuable analysis to your readers, listeners and viewers.
Myanmar radio station goes home after 21 years in Norway
[Norwaynews] [22.11.2013, 08:25pm, Fri. GMT]
Radio station-in-exile Democratic Voice of Burma has left Norway after 21 years to broadcast from Myanmar with newly granted legal status, it said Friday. Exiles from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, founded the station in 1992 in Oslo. The station will begin airing programming from Rangoon, Myanmar, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported, adding most of the station's broadcasting equipment has already been moved to Rangoon. "I have mixed feelings.
Panel rules Norwegian royals have right to privacy
[Norwaynews] [26.06.2013, 06:42pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's royal family has a right to privacy even in public places, the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission has ruled. The Royal Palace complained to the commission following a series of articles published by a weekly magazine, The Norway Post/NRK reported. The panel ruled the magazine violated the ethical norms for the press by using telescopic lenses to snap pictures of the family through hedges and fences without their consent.
Norwegian DVB chief landed in Burma
[Norwaynews] [27.02.2012, 08:47pm, Mon. GMT]
The co-founder and executive director of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) landed in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day visit, the first time he has set foot on Burmese soil in more than two decades. Aye Chan Naing is due to meet with the government’s information minister, Kyaw Hsan, on 29 February in the capital, Naypyidaw. The deputy director of DVB, Khin Maung Win, said the trip was aimed at “exploring possibilities of establishing DVB operations inside the country”.
Norwegian reporter forced to leave Turkey, denied press card
[Norwaynews] [09.02.2016, 05:23pm, Tue. GMT]
Silje Rønning Kampesæter, the Middle East correspondent for the Norwegian Aftenposten daily, had to leave Turkey after her application for a press card was rejected by the Prime Ministry's Press Office. Aftenposten published an article on Tuesday reporting this is the first time since 1971 that one of the paper's reporters is being forced to leave a country. The last occurrence took place in Soviet Russia.
Self-exiled Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove dies in Norway
[Norwaynews] [14.07.2015, 04:29pm, Tue. GMT]
Chenjerai Hove, a leading Zimbabwean writer and outspoken critic of President Robert Mugabe, has died in Norway where he was living in exile, a friend and fellow writer said Monday. Poet Chirikure Chirikure said Hove, 59, succumbed to liver failure. "Chenjerai passed away yesterday afternoon. Very sad indeed," Chirikure told AFP.
Vital to safeguard freedom of the press
[Norway] [04.05.2015, 11:14am, Mon. GMT]
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May. ‘World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of defending freedom of expression and the right to have a free press. It is disturbing to see that the number of countries in the world in which there is full freedom of the press is falling. Safeguarding freedom of the press is an important part of the Government’s focus on promoting freedom of expression in Norway’s foreign and development policy,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norwegian journalist held in Yemen, accused of spying: reports
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 09:05pm, Thu. GMT]
A Norwegian freelance journalist has been arrested in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and accused spying, media reports said on Thursday. Raymond Lidal, 28, was detained in late March when he failed to show a journalist's visa while filming Saudi-led airstrikes against Huthi Shiite rebels who have seized the city, according to the Verdens Gang newspaper (VG).
Norway wins fight against music piracy
[Norwaynews] [13.02.2015, 07:00pm, Fri. GMT]
The answer to the problem of music piracy in Norway has been a resounding ‘no’. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the recording industry worldwide, Norway eliminated music piracy. The findings of a nationwide survey show only 4% of Norwegians under the age of 30 use file sharing internet sites in order to get their music (for free).
Norway’s TV3 picks up NBC’s State of Affairs
[Norwaynews] [26.11.2014, 12:21pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian free-to-air channel TV3 has picked up State of Affairs, the political drama that airs on broadcast net NBC in the US. The show, which stars Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) as a brilliant CIA analyst briefing the president on security matters, is produced by Universal TV, Abishag Productions and The Bob Simonds Company. It is distributed by NBCUniversal International Television, which has shopped it to Seven in Australia among others.
Norway's VG big winners at Digital Media Europe Awards
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2014, 02:37pm, Wed. GMT]
VG, the Norwegian tabloid previously known as Verdens Gang, walked away from yesterday's Digital Media Europe Awards in London with two awards and two special mentions for their innovations in digital publishing. Teams from the news outlet won first prize in the Best Outstanding New Project category and Best Reader Engagement category for food site Godt.no and their coverage of the World Chess Championship 2013 respectively.
Pioneer is special in Toronto
[Norwaynews] [23.07.2013, 03:32pm, Tue. GMT]
After opening the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on 15 August, Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s oil rush thriller will screen in Toronto. Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s oil rush thriller, Pioneer, has been selected for a Special Presentation at the 38th Toronto Film Festival, which runs between 5-15 September; it will be Skjoldbjærg’s third visit with a film in the festival – previously he was there with Insomnia (1997) and Prozac Nation (2001).
Resistance From a Cage: Julian Assange Speaks to Norwegian Journalist Eirik Vold
[Norway] [01.03.2013, 04:45pm, Fri. GMT]
Julian Assange is the itinerant hacker from the Australian Outback who gave the world the biggest leak of secret documents in history. Seven months into his embassy asylum, the cyber crusade for transparency goes on. This is not the first time that WikiLeaks has come under attack, Assange tells me.
Norway gunman planned attacks on media
[Norwaynews] [05.02.2012, 10:20am, Sun. GMT]
The Norwegian gunman who killed 77 people in two attacks in July had also planned to attack several local media outlets, Norway public radio reported yesterday. The radio station NRK, which said it was familiar with the police investigation, reported that rightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik had looked into bombing NRK’s headquarters in Oslo, as well as local newspapers AG and Aftenposten in the country’s capital.
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