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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 26 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 33.9 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 Highlights

RFE/RL urges Ukraine to address threats to investigative journalists

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is alarmed at increasing pressure directed against its investigative journalists in Ukraine, following no fewer than three incidents in recent months.

Kazakhstan Detains Two RFE/RL Journalists

RFE/RL Kazakh Service reporters Saniya Toiken and cameraman Sanat Nurbek were detained while on assignment to cover youth protests in the city over jobs and economic issues that began on February 9.

USAGM networks provide State of Union coverage to the world

USAGM networks provided comprehensive coverage of the 2019 State of the Union with live, simultaneous translation of the President's speech and the Democratic response along with expert analysis on topics of special interest to each region's audiences.

Current Time celebrates two years of impact and growth

USAGM's first collaborative network celebrates its growth and impact as it marks its second year.

RFE/RL deplores attempt to silence Russian journalist

Russian authorities launch a criminal investigation against journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva for purportedly “justifying terrorism” in remarks she made on a media platform.

Awards

Best Media Activity of 2018 award given to RFE/RL Belarusian journalist

, Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations of Belarus(2019)

The Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations of Belarus has recognized Speaking Belarusian, a project authored by Valancin Viacorka of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL’s) Belarus Service, as the “Best Media Activity of 2018” in its annual Civil Society Champions contest.

Ukrainian journalist recognized for uncovering fake news and corruption

Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award, Thomson Foundation(2018)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda, is celebrating the talent of reporter Valeriya Yegoshyna who has made the shortlist for the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award.

RFE/RL contributor Yevgeniya Tyukhtenko wins competition at the Institute Of Mass Information

Catch The Fake!, Institute Of Mass Information(2018)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda, is celebrating the award won by freelancer Yevgeniya Tyukhtenko in the “Catch The Fake!” contest in the category of “Finding Fake Images In Mass Media” in a competition organized by the Institute Of Mass Information.

RFE/RL Wins Best Short Documentary At Berlin Short Film Festival

Best Short Documentary, Berlin Short Film Festival(2018)

In Vanishing History, Daud Khattak, Senior Editor of RFE/RL’s Pakistani Service, known locally as Radio Mashaal, examines the brave efforts to protect northwest Pakistan’s ancient Buddhist heritage in the face of threats from looting, neglect, vandalism, and the Taliban. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) film Vanishing History won Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Berlin Short Film Festival, which took place from June 28 to July 1.

“The Horses Shot Along With Me” by Radio Farda journalist shortlisted at AIBs

AIBs, Audio: Human Interest category, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)(2017)

RFE/RL’s Iranian Service, Radio Farda, journalist Azadeh Asadi produced the 25-minute radio program “The Horses Shot Along With Me” which is one of five entries shortlisted in the category “Audio: Human Interest” by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) for the AIBs 2017. The documentary tells a powerful story about the people who scratch out a living by smuggling goods through the mountains along the frontier between Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan. In addition to treacherous mountain paths and minefields, they must deal with the dangers posed by Iranian border guards who seem to derive pleasure from torturing and killing the smugglers’ beloved horses and pack animals. 2017 marks the 13th year of these independent, influential and respected awards. The AIBs 2017 gala will take place in London on Wednesday 1 November 2017, hosted by Matthew Amroliwala, host of Global on BBC World News. “The Horses Shot Along With Me” was also a Finalist in the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards held in June. The annual competition honors excellence in radio programming from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

“Television is not the only source of information. but it is the source in which many people have the greatest trust. Current Time is the only television in the world that tells these people, in Russian, the truth about the current state of affairs. And it is television that is the most effective way of gaining their trust.”

Vitaly Mansky, Russian documentary filmmaker