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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 40.6 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 Press Releases

RFE/RL President Capus meets Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, discusses imprisoned journalist in Crimea

During a meeting on Sunday between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President Stephen Capus, the Ukrainian leader commended RFE/RL’s coverage of the Russian invasion as the war enters its third year this week.

RFE/RL condemns extension of American journalist’s detention in Russia

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is outraged by today’s decision in Kazan, Russia to extend the detention of imprisoned American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva until April 5. Alsu has been behind bars and separated from her family since October 18, 2023 during a trip to Russia to visit her ailing, elderly mother.

Detained U.S. journalist Alsu Kurmasheva marks 100 days in a Russian prison

Thursday, January 25th marks the 100th day American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva will spend unjustly imprisoned in the southern Russian city of Kazan. For more than three months, Alsu has been denied consular access—her right as an American—and deprived of contact with her husband and two daughters.

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

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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