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

Semena found guilty of “separatism;” RFE/RL President condemns verdict

A court in Russia-occupied Crimea has found RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena guilty on a charge of separatism. RFE/RL President Thomas Kent condemned the conviction.

RFE/RL Crimean journalist faces separatism conviction by Russian court

A Russian prosecutor in Crimea has recommended a conviction on separatism charges and a three-year suspended sentence for Mykola Semena, a contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

RFE/RL takes Azerbaijani case to European court

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to resolve claims brought by the Azerbaijani government that have hampered its news reporting inside the country for almost three years.

Judge rejects Semena defense motions at latest hearing; next session on August 31

FSB documents cited in earlier testimony will not be allowed in the trial. The judge scheduled the next hearing in the trial for August 31.

Trial of Crimean journalist Semena resumes in Simferopol, next hearing set for August 3

Witnesses and experts called by the defense sought to discredit the results of a linguistic examination in a new hearing in the trial of Mykola Semena.

Awards

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 photo selected as one of 2016’s best science images

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

Photojournalist Amos Chapple was recognized by the science journal, Nature, for a photograph from his multimedia essay, “The Mammoth Pirates.”

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