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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

RFE/RL journalists released in Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) welcomed the release today of Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk, two contributors to its Ukrainian Service who were taken captive by Russia-backed separatists in 2017 because of their reporting from Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region.

Russian ‘Foreign Agent’ law targets journalists and threatens isolation

“RFE/RL works with hundreds of Russian correspondents across the country who are a lifeline for news-deprived local communities and who tackle important issues ignored by state media, but who, according to this law, should now, absurdly, be considered ‘foreign agents.’ These are exceptional and dedicated journalists. It is an outrage that this law targets their work and jeopardizes their security in an attempt to silence them and deprive Russian citizens of their right to seek reliable information.” - RFE/RL President Jamie Fly

RFE/RL Afghan Service receives David Burke journalism award

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Afghan Service, locally known as Radio Azadi, has received the 2019 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award for courage, excellence and professionalism in journalism.

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.

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“Historians now acknowledge that the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe were major contributors to the bringing down the then Soviet Union. There’s no doubt about it.”

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)