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Marking 60 Years Since The First RFE Broadcasts To Czechoslovakia

Just after the Velvet Revolution, Czechoslovaks gather in Wenceslas Square in Prague to support Vaclav Havel as president of the newly independent nation.
Just after the Velvet Revolution, Czechoslovaks gather in Wenceslas Square in Prague to support Vaclav Havel as president of the newly independent nation.
WASHINGTON, DC -- On May 1, 1951, the first director of the "Voice of Free Czechoslovakia" vowed that RFE’s programs would "smash the communist monopoly on speaking to the Czech nation." Sixty years later, BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson addressed a celebration of the anniversary of RFE’s first broadcasts to communist Czechoslovakia at an event co-hosted with the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

"We have to always remember that the idea of credible information is on the side of individual liberty and democracy," he said. "That’s what Radio Free Europe has stood for – and that’s what we hope to uphold in the future."

To mark the anniversary, RFE staff produced this video on the history of RFE's Czechoslovak broadcasts.

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June 15, 2011
On July 4, 1950, RFE went on the air for the first time with a broadcast to communist Czechoslovakia from a studio in New York City. Sixty years later, RFE/RL reaches more than 23 million people in 28 languages and 21 countries. Here's a look at our history. (Photos courtesy Czech Tourism and the Security Service Archive in Prague.)


- Sigrid Lott

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by: James Meister from: USA
June 20, 2011 05:21
I had not been aware that Radio Free Europe had relocated to Prague. A very appropriate place to be. And the new frontiers for broadcasting are very important to the future, after 60 years of broadcasting. Wherever there are people, there is a need for high quality and truthful broadcasting. It is good to see Radio Free Europe continuing onward.

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