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RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service: Radio Europa Libera

Radio Europa Libera provides audiences with objective reporting and independent commentary across digital and televised platforms in a region where media independence has declined and disinformation is widespread.

Fast Facts

  • Operating out of Chisinau, reaches nearly 20 percent of the Moldovan population weekly.
  • Reaches Romanian and Russian-speaking audience; reporting frequently cited by local media.
  • Produces widely viewed TV programs such as current affairs series Pur si Simplu (Clear and Simple).
  • Newly formed digital team sourcing and verifying user generated content to cover war in Ukraine; broke news about a bridge exploding at Ukrainian/Moldovan border.
  • Was among first to report on refugees at the border with Ukraine (February 2022). Video had 1.9 million views and helped mobilize assistance efforts.
  • Video on taxi drivers exploiting refugees led Moldovan government to organize transportation.
  • In May 2022, Service interviewed Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita about war spilling over into Moldova.
  • Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) World Press Freedom Index ranks Moldova 40 out of 180 countries. RSF cites Moldova’s media as diverse but extremely polarized, with excessive influence by oligarchs.


January – December, 2021

  • Website: 4 million visits and 5.7 million page views
  • Facebook: 54.5 million video views; 8.5 million engaged users
  • YouTube: 8.2 million views and nearly 100,000 subscribers
  • Instagram: 571,000 video views; 21,600 followers

Updated: October 2022

Facts & Stats about Moldova

  • Population: 2.6 million (World Bank estimate, 2021)
  • Most Common Languages: Romanian (Moldovan), Russian, Ukranian, Gagauz
  • Global Freedom Index (Freedom House): Partly Free, ranked 61 out of 100 (2021)
  • World Press Freedom Index (RSF): 40 out of 180 (2022)
  • Corruption Index (Transparency Int.): 105 out of 180 (2021)
  • Global Peace Index (IES): 62 out of 163 (2022)
  • Amnesty International: Moldova Report (2021)

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