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

Uzbekistan acts against brother of RFE/RL journalist

A court in Uzbekistan today sentenced the brother of an RFE/RL journalist to 8 years in prison on drug-related charges, the latest government action involving persons affiliated with the media company's Uzbek Service.

RFE/RL demands Azerbaijan reopen Baku bureau

RFE/RL was forced to close its Baku bureau in May 2015, after it was raided by Azerbaijani authorities on December 26, 2014.

RFE/RL journalists attacked in Armenia

Three RFE/RL Armenian Service journalists were attacked while covering clashes between riot police and protesters in Yerevan.

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 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.

“Airport Donetsk” wins prestigious Russian documentary film prize

Best Non-Fiction Short TV Film, ArtDocFest (2015)

An unflinching portrait of one of the epic battles in the war between Russia and Ukraine has been named the Best Non-Fiction Short TV Film in Russia’s prestigious ArtDocFest film festival, and brought new recognition to Current Time’s intrepid journalistic team.

RFE/RL’s Maja Nikolić wins Annual Regional Media Award

Annual Regional Media Award, UNICEF (2016)

Maja Nikolić’s documentary Each Morning, New Fear portrays the ordeal of children from the Bosnian village of Potocani who set out before dawn every morning to walk seven kilometers of gravel road through the woods to reach the nearest school in the city of Zvornik.

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.

“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)