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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

Lithuania, Latvia welcome RFE/RL’s Jamie Fly— and “Mr. Landsbergis”

As political turmoil and targeted intimidation campaigns continue to impact RFE/RL’s journalists and their ability to operate in the wider region, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President Jamie Fly visited Lithuania and Latvia this week-–two countries that have for decades been enthusiastic consumers of RFE/RL programming. In both countries, Fly thanked officials for their support for the work of RFE/RL and its journalists and emphasized the vital role of free and independent media during his meetings with them and with local journalists and activists.

Russia intensifies attacks on RFE/RL

Even as U.S., NATO, and OSCE representatives meet with Russian diplomats this week to discuss Russia’s aggressive military posture along Ukraine’s borders and simultaneous demands for security guarantees, Russia’s campaign to silence independent media and drive Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) out of the country has continued unabated. With the designation of six more journalists as “foreign agents” and a growing number of fines under the “foreign agent” law, RFE/RL enters 2022 with eighteen Russian-national journalists on the government’s “foreign agents” list, and facing over $13 million in assessed fines.

RFE/RL journalists targeted as Kazakhstan protests spiral

RFE/RL President Jamie Fly criticized the targeting of Kazakh journalists covering fuel price protests that have spiraled beyond the government’s control.

Recent Awards

Best Film

Project: Mr. Landsbergis (2021)

Winner: Current Time/Sergei Loznitsa

Presented by: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Best Editing

Project: Mr. Landsbergis (2021)

Winner: Current Time/Danielius Kokanauskis

Presented by: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

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“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