Friday, November 21, 2014

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Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows Visit The U.S.

Photogallery Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows Meet U.S. Media

The 2013-2014 class of Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows recently spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. and New York taking in the sites--at some of the leading media outlets and foreign policy institutions in the United States. More

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April 09, 2014

Czech Embassy Hosts Panel On Media Freedom

Ambassador Kurt Volker hosts a discussion on media freedom in Russia and Ukraine, featuring Havel Fellows Ivan Beliaev, Ildar Gabidullin and Natalia Sedletska, Atlantic Council expert Irena Chalupa and Petr Mareš of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
April 07, 2014

Video Russian Propaganda And Russian Minorities In Eastern Europe

Havel Fellows Ivan Beliaev, Ildar Gabidullin and Natalia Sedletska discuss Russia’s use of nationalist propaganda during a Google+ Hangout organized by the McCain Institute for International Leadership.
March 18, 2014

U.S. Congress Pays Tribute to Havel

In a tribute to Vaclav Havel, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution to place a bust of the former Czech president in the U.S. Capitol's Freedom Foyer.
November 18, 2013

Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows Welcomed In Prague

The 2013-2014 class of Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows began training at RFE/RL's Prague headquarters this month.

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About the Havel Fellowship

The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship (VHJF) is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and is generously supported by the Prague Freedom Foundation and the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation Vize97. Launched in 2011, it is inspired by the late Czech leader’s belief in the transformational power of free speech and builds on RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more open societies through journalism.

Learn more about the VHJF here.


About Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel was the first post-revolutionary president of independent Czechoslovakia in 1989, and the first Czech president in 1993. He was also a renowned playwright, poet and essayist. Vaclav Havel's name is synonymous with peaceful resistance to authoritarianism and commitment to individual liberty and dignity. In his career as a writer and playwright, Havel established himself as Europe’s most renowned dissident voice. During his time as president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Havel used his position of influence to speak out as an unyielding advocate for democratic voices the world over. Long a listener and supporter of RFE/RL, Havel invited RFE/RL to take up residence in Prague in 1995, planting RFE/RL’s headquarters in a city where its broadcasts were once banned.

Vaclav Havel's Legacy, Through The Lenses Of Friends

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  • Vaclav Havel in 1975 at his country cottage, called Hradecek, in North Bohemia
  • Havel and his first wife, Olga, at Hradecek in 1974. Olga, who died in 1996, was a fellow dissident and signatory of the Charter 77 human rights initiative.
  • The Havels with friends Jan and Karla Triska in 1975
  • A photo taken during a long night of conversation at Hradecek in 1975
  • Friends and actors gather for a reading of Havel's play "The Garden Party."
  • Havel prepares for a summer gathering at the cottage, 1975.
  • A private staging of Havel's play "Audience" in 1976, with the author in one of the main roles
  • Havel appears in a window of Prague Castle in the early days of his presidency, on February 25, 1990.
  • The president addresses crowds at Prague Castle on February 25, 1990. He had just returned from a visit to the United States, where he spoke before the U.S. Congress.
  • Havel, a rock fan, meets members of the Rolling Stones on August 18, 1990, the day of the music legends' first concert in postcommunist Czechoslovakia.
  • British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher accompanies the Czechoslovak president on Wenceslas Square during an official visit to Prague on September 18, 1990.
  • Havel wades in the Atlantic Ocean in Cabo da Roca, Portugal, near the westernmost tip of the European continent, on December 14, 1990.
  • Havel and his wife, Olga, pray alongside Polish President Lech Walesa at Prague Castle on September 16, 1991.
  • A photographer takes an official portrait of the Czechoslovak head of state in 1992.
  • Havel with his second wife, Dagmar, whom he married in 1997, at Hradecek around 2000
  • Nearing the end of his presidency in January 2003, having already moved of the president's residence, Havel appears to breathe a sigh of relief.

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