Source description last updated: 20 November 2014
In brief: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a broadcasting organization created by the American anti-communist organization National Committee for a Free Europe in 1949 and is funded by the U.S. Congress. It provides news to countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
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“RFE/RL's mission is to promote democratic values and institutions by reporting the news in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. “ (RFE/RL website, RFE/RL Mission Statement, undated,
In order to achieve this
“1. RFE/RL provides objective news, analysis, and discussion of domestic and regional issues crucial to successful democratic and free-market transformations.
2. RFE/RL strengthens civil societies by projecting democratic values.
3. RFE/RL combats ethnic and religious intolerance and promotes mutual understanding among peoples.
4. RFE/RL provides a model for local media, assists in training to enhance media professionalism and independence, and develops partnerships with local media outlets.
5. RFE/RL fosters closer ties between the countries of the region and the world's established democracies.” (RFE/RL website, RFE/RL Mission Statement, undated,
“RFE/RL is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The BBG is a bipartisan federal agency overseeing all U.S. international broadcasting services. Under IRS rules, RFE/RL is a private, nonprofit [...] corporation.” (RFE/RL website, Frequently Asked Questions, undated,
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Some of these countries are covered in subsidiaries (e.g.: Armenia Liberty, Radio Free Asia).
Thematic scope: News on political, security, economic and other important developments in the region, human rights violations, conflicts, ethnic and religious hostilities
RFE/RL disposes of a network of 19 bureaus and over 750 freelancers. Broadcast headquarters are in Prague (Czech Republic). RFE/RL's 18 services broadcast programmes in 28 languages. Authors of articles and analysis are experts for particular regions (correspondents, analysts, coordinators, broadcasters,). The list of experts is provided on the RFE/RL Website at .
Languages of publications:
English. Subsidiaries publish in various languages.
Further reading / links:
IPS - Inter Press Service: Neo-cons Spinning Hearts and Minds, 24 June 2007 (published on Center for Media and Democracy/PR
The Washington Post: Russia's Signal to Stations Is Clear: Cut U.S. Radio, 7 July 2006
Puddington, Arch. Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003.
Cummings, Richard. The Ether War: “Hostile Intelligence Activities Directed Against Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and the Émigré Community in Munich during the Cold War”. Journal of Transatlantic Studies. Vol. 6., No. 2. 2008.

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