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

Major Azerbaijan internet provider reportedly blocking RFE/RL

Delta Telecom, one of only two providers licensed by the Azerbaijani government to connect international internet traffic, appears to be blocking access to RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service website, a major source of independent news for the country.

What’s next for Afghanistan-Pakistan relations?

This event, which is co-hosted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will address the fragile Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship and the implications for U.S. policy.

Protest, election coverage brings records audiences to RFE/RL online platforms

RFE/RL coverage of recent mass protests in Russia and Belarus, as well as national elections in Armenia and Serbia, brought record-breaking audiences to RFE/RL.

Uzbekistan after Karimov: An update

Noah Tucker, senior editor with Radio Ozodlik, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Uzbek service, will join the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program to discuss Uzbekistan’s development in the post-Karimov period, the geopolitics of Central Asia more broadly, and his experience as a journalist in the region.

Soviet life in the 1950s, as never seen before

RFE/RL has published the never-before-seen Manhoff Archive, depicting life in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, from a trove of recently discovered original video and still images.


RFE/RL documentaries win New York Festivals International Awards

Bronze World Medal, Television – News: Reports/Features, Human Interest category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2017)

Two RFE/RL video documentaries have won Silver Awards at the 2017 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 25.

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 Georgian correspondent wins literary award

Best Novel/Collection of Stories, Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection’s Writer’s House of Georgia (2016)

Georgian Service correspondent Jimsher Rekhviashvili received the 2016 Litera Literary Prize from the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection presented by the Writer’s House of Georgia in the “Best Novel/Collection of Stories” category.

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 reporter wins 2016 Triumph Award

Best Reporter, Teletriumf (2016)

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


“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)