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 26.9 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

Soviet life in the 1950s, as never seen before

RFE/RL has published the never-before-seen Manhoff Archive, depicting life in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, from a trove of recently discovered original video and still images.

RFE/RL journalist arrested in Belarus, as protests escalate

RFE/RL reporter Halina Abakunchyk was among several demonstrators and journalists detained by police in Belarus on March 12 while reporting on the latest in a series of emotional protests over a controversial tax on the unemployed.

Trends and developments in Central Asia

The CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and RFE/RL cordially invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion featuring Bruce Pannier on the major issues affecting Central Asia today.

RFE/RL welcomes release of Turkmen journalist, calls for additional steps

Turkmen journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khudayberdy Allashov and his mother, Kurbantach Arazmedova, have been released from custody after spending 2.5 months in detention.

Radio still vital for many RFE/RL audiences

On UNESCO World Radio Day on Feb. 13, RFE/RL audiences gave the platform a resounding endorsement as a powerful medium and an indispensable source of information and news.


RFE/RL photo selected as one of 2016’s best science images

Best Science Images, “Nature” international weekly journal of science (2016)

RFE/RL photojournalist Amos Chapple was recognized by the science journal, Nature, for a photograph which is a part of his multimedia essay on Russians mining for mammoth tusks in the Siberian permafrost, “The Mammoth Pirates.”

RFE/RL Georgian correspondent wins literary award

Best Novel/Collection of Stories, Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection’s Writer’s House of Georgia (2016)

Georgian Service correspondent Jimsher Rekhviashvili received the 2016 Litera Literary Prize from the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection presented by the Writer’s House of Georgia in the “Best Novel/Collection of Stories” category.

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 Kumanychbek 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 reporter wins 2016 Triumph Award

Best Reporter, Teletriumf (2016)

Mykhailo Tkach was awarded the Triumph Award in the category “Best Reporter of 2016.”

Mykola Semena awarded the Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award

Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (2016)

Journalist Mykola Semena was awarded the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum’s Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award in absentia in Brussels on November 28.

“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)