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The Norway-based Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord) and the German-based ZEIT Foundation are looking for nominations for their Eastern European Press Freedom Awards. The deadline for nominations is 13 October 2008.

Prizes are earmarked for newspapers, online media and journalists from Russia, Belarus, Georgia, South Caucasus and Azerbaijan.

Fritt Ord's "Free Press of Russia" and the Gerd Bucerius Prize for "Free Press of Eastern Europe" seek to support the independent role of journalists, despite reprisals and financial difficulties, and to encourage people not to let themselves be intimidated by censorship and to resist self-censorship.

Annually, several prizes are awarded, up to the value of 40,000 Euros (US$56,300) for newspapers and 10,000 Euros (US$14,100) for journalists. The laureates themselves decide how the prize money should be spent.

The prizes will be awarded in Oslo on 3 June 2009.

For more information, contact: Bente Roalsvig at Fritt Ord at: Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo, Norway; telephone +47 23 01 46 46; email bente.roalsvig (@)

(30 September 2008)

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