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

Presidential elections in Iran

Iranian voters go to the polls on Friday, May 19 for the country’s first presidential elections since the landmark nuclear agreement in 2015.

Azerbaijani court blocks RFE/RL website

A district court in Baku ruled in favor of a lawsuit blocking access within Azerbaijan to the website of RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, Radio Azadliq.

Threats to RFE/RL journalists multiply in 2017

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists have been targeted in hostile incidents in at least 10 countries in 2017, in what the company called “relentless pressure” on its journalistic mission.

Influence and identity on Europe’s tense frontiers

RFE/RL’s 2016–2017 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows will share individual perspectives on their countries, these conflicts, and the challenges facing journalism in the region.

RFE/RL demands investigation, safety for Macedonia journalists

RFE/RL is calling for a thorough investigation after a reporter for its Macedonian unit was attacked by a group of protesters inside the country’s parliament building in the capital, Skopje on April 28.

Awards

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 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)

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 reporter wins 2016 Triumph Award

Best Reporter, Teletriumf (2016)

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

VOA

“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)