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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a private, nonprofit, multimedia broadcasting corporation that serves as a surrogate media source in 25 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 25.8 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 Reports Increased Attacks On Its Journalists

On the UNESCO International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has documented an expanding use of restrictive acts and intimidation targeting its journalists in no fewer than 12 countries where RFE/RL reports.

In RFE/RL interview, Bolton moots Putin White House visit

RFE/RL interviews U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and discusses the possibility of a White House visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the administration’s strong position on Iran.

ECHR Extends Ban On Ukrainian Government Access To RFE/RL Journalist’s Data

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) welcomed a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision to extend its order banning public authorities in Ukraine from accessing cell phone data belonging to RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalist Natalia Sedletska.

RFE/RL President ends tenure with high marks for innovation and impact

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President Thomas Kent leaves the organization effective October 1, 2018, after a two-year stint during which the company dramatically expanded efforts to combat disinformation and extremist propaganda in its coverage region.

RFE/RL names leadership for Romania and Bulgaria news services

RFE/RL announces award-winning journalist Sabina Fati and prominent journalist Ivan Bedrovhe to lead Romanian and Bulgarian services, respectively.


Ukrainian journalist recognized for uncovering fake news and corruption

Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award, Thomson Foundation(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.

RFE/RL contributor Yevgeniya Tyukhtenko wins competition at the Institute Of Mass Information

Catch The Fake!, Institute Of Mass Information(2018)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda, is celebrating the award won by freelancer Yevgeniya Tyukhtenko in the “Catch The Fake!” contest in the category of “Finding Fake Images In Mass Media” in a competition organized by the Institute Of Mass Information.

RFE/RL Wins Best Short Documentary At Berlin Short Film Festival

Best Short Documentary, Berlin Short Film Festival(2018)

In Vanishing History, Daud Khattak, Senior Editor of RFE/RL’s Pakistani Service, known locally as Radio Mashaal, examines the brave efforts to protect northwest Pakistan’s ancient Buddhist heritage in the face of threats from looting, neglect, vandalism, and the Taliban. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) film Vanishing History won Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Berlin Short Film Festival, which took place from June 28 to July 1.

“The Horses Shot Along With Me” by Radio Farda journalist shortlisted at AIBs

AIBs, Audio: Human Interest category, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)(2017)

RFE/RL’s Iranian Service, Radio Farda, journalist Azadeh Asadi produced the 25-minute radio program “The Horses Shot Along With Me” which is one of five entries shortlisted in the category “Audio: Human Interest” by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) for the AIBs 2017. The documentary tells a powerful story about the people who scratch out a living by smuggling goods through the mountains along the frontier between Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan. In addition to treacherous mountain paths and minefields, they must deal with the dangers posed by Iranian border guards who seem to derive pleasure from torturing and killing the smugglers’ beloved horses and pack animals. 2017 marks the 13th year of these independent, influential and respected awards. The AIBs 2017 gala will take place in London on Wednesday 1 November 2017, hosted by Matthew Amroliwala, host of Global on BBC World News. “The Horses Shot Along With Me” was also a Finalist in the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards held in June. The annual competition honors excellence in radio programming from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

RFE/RL reporter honored with Courage in Journalism Award

Courage in Journalism Award, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)(2017)

Saniya Toiken, of the Khazak Service, was recognized by the International Women’s Media Award (IWMF) for her work which dates back to 2007.


“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