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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 appoints Stephen Capus as acting President

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Board of Directors has named Stephen Capus as the company’s Acting President, effective January 1, 2024. Board Vice Chairperson Margaret Hoover and Nominations Committee Chairperson Kristin Lord led the rigorous search process for the company.

RFE/RL condemns detention of journalist Alsu Kurmasheva in Russia

On October 18, authorities in Kazan, Russia, detained Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Tatar-Bashkir Service. Kurmasheva has been charged with failure to register as a foreign agent. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

Nicola Careem joins RFE/RL as Head of News Division

Award-winning journalist Nicola Careem will join Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) as the Head of News Division, effective July 24, 2023. Operating from the company’s Prague headquarters, Careem will be responsible for establishing RFE/RL’s editorial priorities, overseeing the editorial board, and managing the production of multi-platform news content published in 23 countries and 27 languages.

Recent Awards

Order of Merit Third Class


Winner: Maryan Kushnir and Serhiy Horbatenko

Presented by: Ukraine (Country)

PEN/Barbey Freedom To Write Award


Winner: Vladyslav Yesypenko

Presented by: PEN American Center

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“Ukrainians who want to learn more about real life in Russia can draw information from [Current Time]. In programs like Unknown Russia, Signs of Life, and Russia & Me, it’s possible to see the real, and not fabricated, country.”

Inna Dolzhenkova, columnist

In an article for Detector Media, one of Ukraine’s most popular media watchdogs, translated from Ukrainian