When the Norwegian film maker Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen was working on a documentary about Ubaydullah Hussain and the Islamist community in Norway, portions of the film footage were confiscated by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) and the film maker’s work was impeded. The Supreme Court later upheld Rolfsen’s claim that PST had broken the law. The documentary The Magnitsky Act, by the Russian film maker Andrei Nekrasov and the Norwegian film company Piraya Film concerns the circumstances surrounding the death of the lawyer Sergej Magnitskij, who died while in Russian police custody in 2009. The film was removed from the programme of the Short Film Festival in Grimstad following threats of a lawsuit from one of the key individuals in the film, the American businessman William Browder. The world premiere of the film later took place in Oslo. Are these two examples evidence that freedom of expression is also under pressure in Norway? And what was it that actually happened? Meet Imtiaz Rolfsen and Nekrasov in conversation with Norwegian PEN’s Anders Heger.
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