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

The Balkans Today

Join Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty for a conversation with Balkan Service Director Arbana Vidishiqi on the various factors shaping the Western Balkans.

RFE/RL Turkmen contributor released from prison after serving term

RFE/RL contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev is released from prison after serving a sentence on narcotics charges that numerous international observers have condemned as a brutal attempt to silence a journalist.

The Dragon’s Reach: Tracking China’s economic power play

In an effort to maximize resources, increase collaboration and focus on key issues and audiences, the networks of the BBG have produced another full-scale collaborative project: The Dragon’s Reach; Tracking China’s Economic Power Play.

Attack on RFE/RL journalist refutes Turkmen assurances at UN

Veteran correspondent Soltan Achilova was violently assaulted two days after Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry releases a statement claiming there is no persecution of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists.

Current Time journalist detained during Moscow inauguration protests

Current Time TV journalist was briefly detained while reporting live from demonstrations in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square on May 5 following President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth presidential term.

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.

RFE/RL

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