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RFE/RL: Uncensored News. On Every Platform. Across Frontiers.

Our Mission, Journalism, and Editorial Independence

RFE/RL’s mission is to promote democratic values and institutions and advance human rights by reporting the news in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. In 23 countries, RFE/RL journalists ​provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate. RFE/RL strives to meet the highest standards of objective journalism and report the facts, undaunted by pressure or attempted influence​.

RFE/RL is registered with the IRS as a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c)3corporation, and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) as a private grantee. 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 in 26 countries (12 beyond the RFE/RL region) and globally via the Current Time digital television network.

With over 600 full-time journalists, 1,300 freelancers, and 21 local bureaus, 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

37.2 million
Unduplicated Weekly Audience (FY2021 est.; all platforms and networks)
748 million
Visits to RFE/RL websites (FY2021)
7.0 billion
Combined video views (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram/IGTV (FY2021)
3.6 billion
Video views on Facebook (FY2021)
1.7 billion
Total video views on YouTube (FY2021)
1.7 billion
Total video views on Instagram/IGTV (FY2021)
Employees in Prague and Washington | 500+ core bureau employees | 1,300+ freelancers across coverage area
Local Bureaus/Offices, plus Washington and New York
$124.3 million
Budget (FY2021)

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