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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 37.6 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

Ahead of presidential poll, Belarus targets RFE/RL and independent press

Ahead of the August 9 presidential election, authorities in Belarus are detaining and physically attacking hundreds of activists and journalists, including five from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), in a campaign of aggression targeting the power of the independent press.

RFE/RL contributor Prokopyeva found guilty in Russian ‘Show Trial’

In a closely watched case, a Russian court today found Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Russian Service contributor Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism,” marking a frightening escalation in the state’s attack on the independent press.

RFE/RL marks 70 years of independent reporting and impact

On July 4, 1950, when Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) first announced, “This is RFE calling” to an audience behind the Iron Curtain in communist Czechoslovakia, people listened because they expected the truth. Seventy years later, the platforms have proliferated and its mandate has grown, with RFE/RL delivering essential news via radio, TV, and digital media to more than 38 million people across 23 countries with little to no free press of their own.

Awards

RFE/RL wins Edward R. Murrow Award

(2019)

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

(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

(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.

“For me, Radio Liberty—just as for millions of its listeners in the boundless stretches of [Russia]—was and is the real embodiment of its name, ‘Svoboda’ (freedom). It is freedom from lies, it is the freedom to receive and distribute information as it is formulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. During the quiet days of our lives, one can think that ‘Svoboda’ is one radio station among many. But, oh, such days are few! And in all the others—those showery and stormy days and times of fog and blood—you understand that ‘Svoboda’ will still be needed by Russia on its long path to Freedom!”

Elena Bonner, Russian human rights activist

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