Tutu lost respect for Norway

As Norwegians paid their respects this week to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died Sunday at an age of 90, they were reminded that he lost his own respect for Norway in 2014. That’s when Norwegian officials at the time didn’t want to meet with Tutu’s fellow Nobel Laureate, the Dalai Lama, for fear […]

Last year’s Nobel winner also spoke

David Beasley, head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), didn’t get a chance to deliver an acceptance speech when WFP won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. Corona restrictions at the time forced postponement of the entire ceremony, but on Friday he was in Oslo and able to finally deliver his own Nobel Lecture. […]

New Nobel Laureate blasts Facebook

Maria Ressa, one of two journalists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to protect democracy through freedom of speech and information, lashed out at social media and big tech firms at the prize ceremony in Oslo on Friday. She accused them of allowing, even prioritizing, a “toxic sludge” of lies, hatred […]

Nobel week hit by lots of challenges

This week’s annual celebrations of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo have been marred by disturbing events abroad involving former prize winners, and lots of Corona-related disappointments in Norway. On Friday came news that not even Crown Princess Mette-Marit could attend the prize ceremony Friday afternoon, for fear she’s been infected by the Corona virus. […]

Norwegians urged to leave Ethiopia

Norway’s foreign ministry was calling on Norwegian citizens to leave war-torn Ethiopia during the weekend. Norwegian missionaries were being evacuated, confirmed two Norwegian Lutheran organizations. “We have 17 adults and 10 children in Ethiopia,” Espen Ottosen, acting secretary general of Misjonssambandet told state broadcaster NRK. All were threatened by growing uncertainty and political tension, along […]

Reaction favourable to Nobel winners

Reaction was quickly rolling in to this year’s choice of journalists as winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and it was highly favourable. Outgoing Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg called journalism “the most powerful protection we have for democracy,” while her incoming successor Jonas Gahr Støre was among those nominating international journalism organizations and even […]

Peace Prize hails brave journalists

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has formally recognized the role that independent and professional journalism plays in warding off war and conflict. In specifically honouring two of the world’s bravest journalists on Friday, the Oslo-based committee stressed the importance that fact-based freedom of expression has for peace. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will thus be shared […]

Climate warms up Nobel speculation

As the Norwegian Nobel Committee prepares to announce this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize next week, champions of climate- and human rights issues have emerged once again as among the most worthy candidates. Two international journalist organizations are also on the shortlists of “good” candidates, not just those considered most likely to win. […]

‘Norway can’t afford Nobel Peace Prize’

That’s the ironic headline Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, jokes about seeing after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) revealed financial problems at the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm and the Nobel Institute in Oslo. Andersen’s biggest problem, though, is that the Norwegian Parliament seems unwilling to offer any help, even though Alfred Nobel himself put […]

Norway condemns Laureate’s arrest

Norway, the country where Myanmar’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi won her Nobel Peace Prize, was quick to condemn her arrest during the night. The Nobel Laureate’s arrest came, ironically enough, just as nominations closed for this year’s Peace Prize, putting it back in the news, too. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is independent […]