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 23.6 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

Consolidation and control: Power shifts in Putin’s Kremlin

In recent months, there have been significant shifts in the Kremlin’s usually static leadership structure. Many of Vladimir Putin’s long-time allies have been removed from power and replaced with younger deputies. At the same time, there has been substantial consolidation in the Russian security agencies.

The illiberal turn? Reasserting democratic values in Central and Eastern Europe

RFE/RL, the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) host a conference to address the political, economic, and social currents that challenge Central and Eastern Europe.

Uzbekistan targets RFE/RL family members

A court in Uzbekistan has upheld a decision to sentence the brother of an RFE/RL journalist to eight years in prison on drug-related charges, the latest in a series of cases that appear to target family members in retaliation for their relatives’ reporting.

Ismayilova addresses repression, Russian media influence at Capitol Hill Azerbaijan hearing

Witnesses testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing on September 15 voiced deep concern about rising Russian influence and instability in Azerbaijan, as well as the continued forced closure of RFE/RL’s bureau in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku.

RFE/RL President calls for speedy investigation of attacks on journalists

The president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) met on September 6 with Armenia’s president and called for a rapid and transparent investigation of a July 29 attack on three RFE/RL correspondents in Yerevan.


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)