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RFE/RL’s Iranian Service: Radio Farda

In one of the world’s most repressive media environments, Radio Farda breaks through government censorship, providing trusted news.


  • Based in Prague, Radio Farda is a multi-platform alternative to state media, relying on user-generated content and extensive networks.
  • Expanding social media audience – exceeding 3.6 million Instagram followers and account reach to 20 million.
  • Since the start of the anti-regime demonstrations, documenting the truth about the regime’s victims -- including their identities; and those sentenced to death.
  • Trusted by sources and its audience. Published exclusive interviews with family members of young victims – Mahsa Amini, Nika Shakarami, Hadis Najafi.
  • Refuted state disinformation about cause of death of protesters, and uncovereds intimidation campaigns.
  • Farda exclusively revealed an audio file of Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) top commanders meeting that was picked up by other media.



January – December 2022

  • Website: 185 million visits; 322.5 million page views
  • Facebook: 198 million video views; 39.6 million engaged users
  • Instagram: 3 million views; 3.6 million followers
  • YouTube: 11.4 million views; 69,000 subscribers

Updated: April 2023

Media Climate

  • Both Radio Farda and RFE/RL President and CEO sanctioned by the Government of Iran.
  • In its World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders ranks Iran 178 out of 180, describing it as one of the world’s “most oppressive” countries.

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