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RFE/RL: Uncensored News. On Every Platform.

Our Mission, Journalism, and Editorial Independence

RFE/RL's mission is to promote democratic values by providing accurate, uncensored news and open debate in countries where a free press is threatened and disinformation is pervasive. RFE/RL reports the facts, undaunted by pressure.

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 United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) as a private grantee. All major policy determinations governing RFE/RL operations are made by RFE/RL's Board of Directors. RFE/RL's editorial independence is protected by U.S. law.

23 Countries, 27 Languages

We rely on our networks of local reporters to provide accurate news and information in 27 languages and 23 countries.

RFE/RL also reaches Russian-speaking audiences inside Russia and beyond via the Current Time digital and 24/7 television network.

With over 700 full-time journalists and 1,300 freelancers, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world.

On The Front Lines

Our journalists are on the front lines in the fight for media freedom in their countries and often put themselves at great risk to do their jobs.

Regional Expertise

RFE/RL journalists and experts are a unique source of information about many of the world's political hot spots. We also host briefings and special events in Washington, D.C., and Prague.

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RFE/RL: Vital Statistics

40 million
Weekly Audience​
869 million
Visits to RFE/RL websites (January – December 2022)​
15 billion
Combined video views (January – December 2022)​
6.6 billion
Video views on Facebook (January – December 2022)
4.9 billion
Video views on YouTube (January – December 2022)​
3.5 billion
Video views on Instagram (January – December 2022)​
Employees including full-time journalists, core staff, and freelancers​
146.6 million
Budget (FY 2023)

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