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 25 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 25.8 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 Questions Aseyev ‘Confession,’ Demands Release

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has said it considers a “confession” of spying for the Ukrainian government given by Ukrainian blogger and RFE/RL contributor Stanislav Aseyev in a report aired on Russian state TV channel Rossiya 24 today to be highly questionable, and that it could signal an escalation of his case.

As Abuses Continue, RFE/RL Says UN Ruling On Turkmenistan Has Urgency Now

The U.N. found the Turkmen government responsible for the death of a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty contributor Ogulsapar Muradova, who passed away while in police custody 12 years ago.

RFE/RL Expands To Bulgaria, Romania

Beginning in December 2018, RFE/RL will provide multi-media reporting and analysis in Bulgarian and Romanian and partner with local media to amplify existing projects that promote public accountability and debunk false news.

RFE/RL Wins Best Short Documentary At Berlin Short Film Festival

The award-winning documentary features interviews with local residents of northwest Pakistan, government officials, and archaeologists on the struggle to safeguard history in order to share it with future generations.

Current Time Brings Lauded Putin Film To Russian Audiences

Putin’s Witnesses, a film by Russian director Vitaly Mansky wins Best Documentary prize in the Czech Republic’s 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Awards

RFE/RL Wins Best Short Documentary At Berlin Short Film Festival

Best Short Documentary, Berlin Short Film Festival (2018)

In Vanishing History, Daud Khattak, Senior Editor of RFE/RL’s Pakistani Service, known locally as Radio Mashaal, examines the brave efforts to protect northwest Pakistan’s ancient Buddhist heritage in the face of threats from looting, neglect, vandalism, and the Taliban.

“The Horses Shot Along With Me” by Radio Farda journalist shortlisted at AIBs

AIBs, Audio: Human Interest category, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) (2017)

RFE/RL’s Iranian Service, Radio Farda, journalist Azadeh Asadi produced the 25-minute radio program “The Horses Shot Along With Me” which is one of five entries shortlisted in the category “Audio: Human Interest” by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) for the AIBs 2017.

RFE/RL reporter honored with Courage in Journalism Award

Courage in Journalism Award, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) (2017)

Saniya Toiken, of the Khazak Service, was recognized by the International Women’s Media Award (IWMF) for her work which dates back to 2007.

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 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.

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

“Television is not the only source of information. but it is the source in which many people have the greatest trust. Current Time is the only television in the world that tells these people, in Russian, the truth about the current state of affairs. And it is television that is the most effective way of gaining their trust.”

Vitaly Mansky, Russian documentary filmmaker