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

RFE/RL Crimea journalists win Burke Award

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has recognized the professionalism and courage of the RFE/RL Ukrainian Service’s Crimea desk by presenting it with the 2016 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award.

RFE/RL journalists stripped of accreditation in Tajikistan

Tajik authorities revoked the accreditation of six members of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Tajik Service on Friday, November 25, the latest act in a series of incidents targeting the company’s reporting inside the country.

Journalist suffers repeat attack in Turkmenistan

RFE/RL Turkmen correspondent Soltan Achilova has been assaulted a second time, following an attack last month that rights advocates said was an attempt to silence her reporting.

Washington rally marks Nepeskuliev detention

On the occasion of Turkmenistan’s Independence Day, demonstrators gathered in front of the Turkmen Embassy in Washington, D.C. on October 28 to draw attention to the country’s abysmal record on media freedom.

What changes in a post-Karimov Uzbekistan?

RFE/RL is co-hosting a panel of experts that will look at the sociopolitical and economic implications for Central Asian power Uzbekistan of the recent death of the country’s longtime ruler, Islam Karimov.


RFE/RL Kyrgyzstan Reporter Wins Award For Investigative Journalism

Best Anti-Corruption Online Publication, (2016)

Aizada Kutueva, an investigative reporter and correspondent for RFE/RL’s Central Asian Newswire in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan won the “Best Anti-Corruption Online Publication” award for her reporting on corruption in Kyrgyzstan.

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 Medal, Magazine Format/Information Program Category; Bronze Medal, Current Affairs Category, 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 and Film Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 19.

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.

RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi recognized for coverage in Afghanistan

Multiple awards, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (2016)

Four journalists from RFE/RL’s Afghan Service, known locally as Radio Azadi, have been recognized for their coverage of politics and youth issues in Afghanistan.

“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)