Their Mission, Journalism, and Editorial Independence
RFE/RL journalists report the news in 20 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. They provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.
RFE/RL is registered with the IRS as a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c)3 corporation, and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors as a private grantee. RFE/RL's editorial independence is protected by U.S. law.
The mission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) 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’s journalists provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.
Based on the conviction that the first requirement of democracy is a well informed citizenry:
RFE/RL’s independent journalism provides fair and objective news, analysis, and discussion of domestic, regional, and international issues crucial to healthy democracies and free markets.
RFE/RL strengthens civil societies by projecting democratic and pluralistic values.
RFE/RL combats all forms of intolerance and promotes mutual understanding among peoples.
RFE/RL provides a model for local media, assists in training to enhance media professionalism and independence, and develops partnerships with local media outlets.
Staff at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) have experience in