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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 37.6 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

Government secrecy is not a coronavirus strategy, RFE/RL reporting shows

As the coronavirus continues to ravage communities across Eurasia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reporting has revealed the extent to which deception and secrecy are the default mode for numerous governments that continue to attack journalists and first-responders, while failing in their pandemic response.

Lyubov Zemtsova, ‘Unknown Belarus’ filmmaker, dies

Lyubov Zemtsova, 29, a Belarusian filmmaker with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Current Time TV, died this morning in a hospital in Belarus’s capital city, Minsk.

RFE/RL devastated by tragedy involving film crew in Belarus

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is devastated by the loss of two colleagues who died last night in a car crash in Belarus that critically injured a third, who were on their way home from a video shoot related to the coronavirus pandemic in Belarus.


RFE/RL wins Edward R. Murrow Award


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has been awarded a 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award for Multimedia in the Television Network category by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), for “demonstrat[ing] the spirit of excellence that Murrow set” as a standard in electronic journalism.

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


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


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.

““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