Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a United States government-funded organization that broadcasts and reports news, information, and analysis to countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Caucasus, and the Middle East where it says that "the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed".[5][6] RFE/RL is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation supervised by the U.S. Agency for Global Media, an independent government agency overseeing all U.S. federal government international broadcasting services.[7]

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
RFE/RL official logo
AbbreviationRFE/RL
Formation1949 (Radio Free Europe), 1953 (Radio Liberty), 1976 (merger)
TypePrivate, non-profit Sec 501(c)3 corporation[1][2]
PurposeBroadcast Media
HeadquartersPrague Broadcast Center
Location
Official language
English
Programs are also available in Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Bosnian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chechen, Crimean Tatar, Dari, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek
In the past also Polish, Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and various other languages; see this list
President
Jamie Fly[3]
Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer)
Mark Kontos
Budget Director (Assistant Treasurer)
Stephanie Schmidt
General Counsel (Secretary)
Benjamin Herman
Budget
$124,400,000 (FY 2020)
Staff
>700[4]
WebsiteRFERL.org

RFE/RL broadcasts in 27 languages to 23 countries.[8] The organization has been headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1995, and has 21 local bureaus with over 500 core staff and 1,300 stringers and freelancers in countries throughout their broadcast region as well as 700 employees at its headquarters and corporate office in Washington, D.C.

During the Cold War, RFE was broadcast to Soviet satellite states, including the Baltic states, and RL targeted the Soviet Union; RFE was founded as an anti-communist propaganda source in 1949 by the National Committee for a Free Europe, while RL was founded two years later, and the two organizations merged in 1976. Communist governments frequently sent agents to infiltrate RFE's headquarters, and the KGB regularly jammed its signals. RFE/RL was headquartered at Englischer Garten in Munich, West Germany, from 1949 to 1995. European operations have been significantly reduced since the end of the Cold War.