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Mission Statement

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:

  1. 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.
  2. RFE/RL strengthens civil societies by projecting democratic and pluralistic values.
  3. RFE/RL combats all forms of intolerance and promotes mutual understanding among peoples.
  4. RFE/RL provides a model for local media, assists in training to enhance media professionalism and independence, and develops partnerships with local media outlets.

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