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 23.6 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

BBG networks provide thorough coverage of failed coup attempt in Turkey

For many people in Turkey, Iran, Russia and other places around the world, the networks served as the only source of accurate and unbiased coverage of the failed coup.

BBG celebrates 25th anniversary of RFE/RL’s Moscow bureau

BBG CEO and Director John F. Lansing traveled to Moscow this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Moscow bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

RFE/RL’s award winning video prompts audience action

A program by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service, “13-Year-Old Aichurok Supports Her Whole Family,” is a story about 13-year-old Aichurek Sulaimanova, the sole breadwinner for her family in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She has collected plastic bags to recycle at a local market in Bishkek after school every day for the last two and half years, in order to buy food and medicine for her disabled mother and younger brother.

RFE/RL calls for Turkmen journalist’s release

On the one year anniversary of the imprisonment of Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a contributor to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service and other independent news outlets, RFE/RL joined a chorus of international organizations calling for his freedom.

BBG programs named finalists at 2016 New York Festivals World Radio Awards

Four entries submitted by BBG networks earned the distinction as finalists in the 2016 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Program awards.


RFE/RL wins Webby People’s Voice Award

People's Choice Award, Webby Awards (2016)

A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award.

RFE/RL’s “Desperate Honeymoon” documentary wins New York Festivals Awards

Silver and Bronze medals, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

RFE/RL’s video documentary “Desperate Honeymoon” won Silver and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Afghan Social Media Awards

Afghan Social Media Awards, Twitter Power User category, Afghan Social Media Summit (2015)

RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan reporter Malali Bashir has won in the Twitter Power User category in the first ever Afghan Social Media Awards.

Lovie Awards

Shortlist, Public Service & Activism Category, Lovie Awards (2015)

Two reports by RFE/RL journalists have been honored in the 2015 fifth annual Lovie awards. Dzenana Halimovic’s “The Faces Of Srebrenica” made the official shortlist for Public Service & Activism Category.

OSCE Regional Eco-Journalism Awards

OSCE Regional Eco-Journalism Awards, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (2015)

Journalists for RFE/RL's Kyrgyz and Tajik services were recently lauded by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for their reporting on ecological issues on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

“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)