Frittord Prize to Robin Schaefer and Jan Erik Skog

Schaefer and Skog have uncovered serious deficiencies in the investigation of one murder and corruption in the public sector. They’ve had some supporters in their work, but have above all met strong resistance. For both, it has therefore demanded courage and been a heavy personal burden to use freedom of speech, wrote the Frittord Foundation. 

Police Detective Robin Schaefer (45) perceived serious shortcomings in the investigation of the eight year old Monika Sviglinskaja’s death. The case was dismissed as suicide. Robin Schaefer’s criticism of the investigation was rejected by his superiors. He eventually contacted with the mother’s advocate Stig Nilsen, then led the case to be reopened in May 2014. 

Schaefer was asked to keep his objections to himself, and warned to stay completely away from the case. Despite negative reactions from his superiors, Schaefer followed his conscience and helped to reopen a serious murder case. The case has already helped to change the rules for dismissal of suspicious deaths. 

Jan Erik Skog revealed a corruption scandal in public sector

Union representative Jan Erik Skog (69) warned over a period of ten years Oslo city council and boards of Sporveisbussene (Unibuss- subsidiary of the municipal transportation) and Oslo Sporveier (defunct municipal owned company responsible for public transport in Oslo) on a variety of unacceptable circumstances. As the employee representative, he reported several cases of corruption, including over priced invoicing, and suspicious purchase agreements with persons closely linked to the management. 

Jan Erik Skog’s notification resulted in exposing one of the most extensive corruption cases in Norway in recent times. Six people was sentenced to a total of 23 years in the case in December 2014. 


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