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The History of U.S.-Czech Relations and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

PRAGUE -- On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, former RFE/RL journalists will participate in a discussion on the role of the RFE in Czechoslovakia at the American Center in Prague. To attend, please sign up for free here. The program will be in Czech.

Prokop Tomek
Historian at Military History Institute Prague (VHÚ)

Petr Brod
Journalist and publicist, former journalist at RFE/RL

Jefim Fistejn
Journalist and screenwriter, external consultant and advisor to the president of RFE/RL / Radia Svoboda

Radko Kubičko
Moderator, journalist from the Czech Radio (Český rozhlas)

Thursday, May 3 - World Press Freedom Day
5:30 - 7:00 pm
The American Center, U.S. Embassy, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

On July 4, 1950, Radio Free Europe (RFE) started its broadcast to Czechoslovakia from New York with the following words: “The voice of free Czechoslovakia is speaking, the radio station Free Europe.”

Since then, RFE played a significant role in the Czech-American relations. The station began its broadcast with a commitment to provide its listeners with legitimate news reports that respected the American tradition of free speech and balanced, professional, and up-to-date reporting. These are the key principles that RFE/RL continues to uphold even today. In 2018, RFE/RL provides balanced and uncensored reporting to over 20 countries. Besides radio broadcasting, the station provides its audience with news on the internet, mobile apps, YouTube, and recently also via its own TV station called Current Time.