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Mission Statement (October 2022)

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.​


Миссия медиа-корпорации Радио Свободная Европа/Радио Свобода заключается в продвижении демократических ценностей путём предоставления точных, неподцензурных новостей и проведения открытых дискуссий в странах, в которых свобода слова находится под угрозой и в которых доминирует дезинформация. Попытки внешнего давления не влияют на деятельность РСЕ/РС.​

Principles of Ethical Journalism

RFE/RL’s credibility and effectiveness as a news organization depends on the trust our audiences place in our work.

We therefore strictly adhere to our principles of ethical journalism.​

We are transparent about our publicly stated mission: to provide independent journalism that promotes democratic values and human rights and combats all forms of intolerance. We are supported by a grant from the U.S. Congress and serve as a “surrogate” free press in 23 countries where the free flow of information is banned or not fully developed.

At the same time, we respect and vigorously adhere to the laws that require our reporting to be professional, balanced and in line with the highest journalistic standards, despite pressures from governments and extremists.

Our goal is to provide what people in the countries we serve cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.

We do not regard balance as meaning neutrality regarding the truth. When one side in a debate misrepresents the facts, ethical journalism requires pointing out falsehoods and stating what is factually correct.

In our own reporting, we insist on accuracy, and clearly correct errors when they occur.

We report with humanity and endorse charity and tolerance. We respect and listen to our audiences.

We are transparent about the sources of our information. We grant anonymity only to news sources whose identity must be protected due to a clear danger of retribution and whose information is of significant importance and otherwise unobtainable. When citing confidential sources, we mention why the source insists upon anonymity and describe to the extent possible how the source is in a position to know the information in question.

We do not pay for interviews or receive payment from those we interview. This applies to all types of payments, whether cash or in-kind.

Our broadcasts and posts maintain a calm and moderate tone, exhibit civilized, reasoned discourse and promote respect for the human rights of all persons.

RFE/RL remains editorially independent from any government, political party, opposition group, émigré organization, commercial or other special-interest organization, or religious body, whether inside or outside its coverage area.

All RFE/RL employees are expected to take scrupulous care to avoid any action or relationship which results in:

  • bias, partiality, or dishonesty in our content;
  • use of their status with RFE/RL for personal gain;
  • inappropriate preferential treatment for, or unlawful discrimination against, any person or entity;
  • plagiarism or any lack of integrity in Company operations.

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