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.
Confirmation that the blogger and contributor to the Ukrainian Service, who first went missing on June 2, is being held by separatists in the war-torn region came via a former Ukrainian lawmaker.
Saparmamed Nepeskuliev disappeared two years ago this week and remains in a remote prison serving a three-year sentence on charges that human rights groups and a U.N. panel have denounced as politically motivated.
Two highly-acclaimed TV programs were axed as part of a planned restructuring process that critics claim is aimed at silencing independent voices.
Radio Svoboda contributor Stanislav Vasin (Aseyev) was reported missing in Donetsk.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
Best Reporter, Teletriumf (2016)
Mykhailo Tkach was awarded the Triumph Award in the category “Best Reporter of 2016.”