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 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 Journalists Assaulted In Armenia

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists were assaulted in Armenia while covering the mass rallies against Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. Their live coverage of the developments have been used by various media outlets worldwide.

Book Launch — Have the Mountains Fallen? Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War

Join RFE/RL and Open Society Foundation for a discussion on April 17, with Jeffrey B. Lilley, author of Have the Mountains Fallen? Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War.

CSIS-RFE/RL Event: Atambayev returns: What next for Kyrgyzstan?

Join CSIS and RFE/RL for a timely conversation with Venera Djumataeva, Director of RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and CSIS' Jeffrey Mankoff on the current Kyrgyz government, and Kyrgyzstan's political future.

NBC News: “ One tiny corner of the U.S. government pushes back against Russian disinformation”

NBC News explores BBG efforts to counter Russian disinformation, including Polygraph.info and Current Time TV.

Azerbaijan seeks to silence RFE/RL ahead of presidential election

As Azerbaijani citizens head to the polls to vote in a snap presidential election on April 11, the Azerbaijani Service website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) remains under a government ban.

Awards

“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.

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.

RFE/RL Kyrgyz journalist named 2016 “Journalist of the Year”

Persons of the Year: Journalist, investigative reporter, Committee for Protection of Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan (2016)

RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service correspondent Kubanychbek Joldoshev was named 2016 Journalist of the Year by the Committee for Protection of Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan. Joldoshev was recognized for his complex investigative reporting throughout the year.

RFE/RL Kazakh Service website takes 2nd in Internet Awards

Best Bilingual Website (second place), Award.kz (2016)

The Kazakh Service’s website won second place in the Best Bilingual Website category of the Kazakh National Internet Awards. The Radio Azattyq website is published in both Russian and Kazakh.

RFE/RL Belarus Service reporter named “Journalist of the Year”

Civil Society Champions—Journalist of the Year, Assembly of NGOs of Belarus (2016)

RFE/RL journalist Halina Abakunchyk was recognized by the Belarusian Association NGOs of Belarus as the “Journalist of the Year” for her coverage of Belarus’ civil society in 2016. The recognition is one of the annual Civil Society Champions awards.

VOA

“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)