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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a private, nonprofit, multimedia broadcasting corporation that serves as a surrogate media source in 27 languages and in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine.

With headquarters in Prague, 17 local bureaus (including Moscow, Kabul, Kyiv, and Islamabad), and more than 1,000 journalists throughout its broadcast region, RFE/RL’s proximity to its audiences facilitates the production of compelling, locally-oriented programming in a cost-effective manner.

Reaching more than 37.2 million people each week, RFE/RL provides what many people cannot get locally: uncensored local and regional news, responsible discussion, and open debate via radio, television, and digital media. In addition to traditional radio reporting, RFE/RL is modernizing to compete successfully in the rapidly-changing media realm. RFE/RL has expanded its TV and video operations, live-streamed political protests and other newsworthy events, and broadened its best-in-class digital journalism operations to ensure that RFE/RL reporting is accessible to audiences across platforms.

Recent Press Releases

Critically acclaimed Current Time documentary chronicles families divided by Russia’s war, disinformation

A new documentary produced by Current Time and directed by journalist and filmmaker Andrey Loshak, “Broken Ties,” has premiered to critical acclaim in Russia. The film shows the human cost for Russians themselves of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and ways Kremlin disinformation and state propaganda are tearing Russian families apart.

RFE/RL condemns Ihar Losik’s addition to terrorist watch registry

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) condemns the Lukashenka regime’s addition of imprisoned RFE/RL Belarus Service journalist Ihar Losik to a terrorist watch list.

RFE/RL’s Václav Havel Journalism Fellows visit Washington, D.C.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Václav Havel Journalism Fellows visited Washington, D.C., last week, meeting U.S. journalists, officials, and free media and democracy advocates. The Fellows briefed interlocutors on their work during the Fellowship and on the media environments in their countries while also learning about the U.S. media environment.

Recent Awards

Order of Merit Third Class

Project:

Winner: Maryan Kushnir and Serhiy Horbatenko

Presented by: Ukraine (Country)

PEN/Barbey Freedom To Write Award

Project:

Winner: Vladyslav Yesypenko

Presented by: PEN American Center

Best Film

Project: Mr. Landsbergis (2021)

Winner: Current Time/Sergei Loznitsa

Presented by: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

“As one of the constant listeners of Radio Liberty, I want to thank you, the American Congress and the American people for the enormous contribution you have made to the dissemination of the ideas of democracy, justice and freedom through the entire world. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Radio Liberty is one of the few tribunes for those struggling for the establishment of democracy and a just society in those countries where even up to now rule dictatorship and authoritarianism.”

Khazratkul Khudoiberdi, former Uzbek political prisoner

1999