Click Through A Timeline Of The Invasion And How RFE Covered It
Broadcasting Through The Information Blackout
In the early morning hours of August 21, 1968, a Soviet-led army of troops from five Warsaw Pact countries invaded communist Czechoslovakia, putting an end to that country’s brief period of liberal reforms known as the Prague Spring. One of the first acts of the occupying force was to shut down local radio and TV at gunpoint, heightening the need for Radio Free Europe (RFE) as a surrogate provider of reliable news and information in Czechoslovakia. In a frightening and uncertain time, listeners say RFE broadcasts were truthful, uncensored, independent, and calm—a signal of hope.
Eight Russians who protested in Moscow in 1968 against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia have been honored by the Czech Republic. The Soviet authorities imposed punishments ranging from labor camps to psychiatric hospitals.