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Photo Gallery Archive

  • A broadcast from the first RFE studio in Munich, where RFE began broadcasting in May 1951.
  • From 1953 to 1956 RFE floated balloons from West Germany filled with news reports over the Iron Curtain.
  • Radio Liberation Journalist Valerian Obolensky in the 1950s.
  • Former U.S. First Lady and Human Rights Champion Eleanor Roosevelt sits down for an interview in the late 1950s with Radio Liberty.
  • In RFE's early days, the 1956 Hungarian revolution provided one of the first challenges for RFE journalists.
  • Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks with RFE director C. Rodney Smith in front of a map showing RFE's broadcasting area in the early 1960s.
  • A broadcaster prepares a music program, 1960s.
  • U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite narrates a film about RFE commissioned by the National Committee for a Free Europe in the 1960s.
  • Future U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is interviewed by RFE in 1962.
  • Elizabeth Taylor takes a break for an interview with Radio Free Europe in 1962 on the set of the epic film Cleopatra.
  • Singer Tom Jones is interviewed by RFE in 1968.
  • During the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, RFE was the main source of reliable information.
  • Aftermath of the February 1981 terrorist bombing at the RFE headquarters in Munich.
  • Pro-RFE graffiti in Gdansk, Poland, 1981. Bottom line reads: "We demand the liberation of political prisoners!"
  • The master control room of the RFE Munich headquarters, 1980s.
  • RFE's headquarters in the former Communist parliament building in Prague, 1995-2009.
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner and renowned author Elie Wiesel giving an interview to RFE, Prague, 1997.
  • Former RFE President Thomas A. Dine cuts ribbon at the first Radio Free Afghanistan broadcast on January 30, 2002.
  • Senator Joe Biden visiting RFE/RL headquarters in Prague in the late 1990s.
  • Broadcaster Maryam Ahmadi reads the first news broadcast of the new Radio Farda, RFE's service to Iran, December 2002.
  • In May 2002, U.S. First Lady Laura Bush addressed the people of Afghanistan in a speech delivered from the Prague headquarters of RFE/RL. In particular, she noted improvements in the lives of the country.
  • Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel speaks at the 10th anniversary of RFE's headquarters in Prague, 2005.
  • A correspondent from RFE's service to Kyrgyzstan interviews rural Kyrgyz women.
  • Maksim Kapran, a correspondent from RFE's service to Belarus, covers a protest as riot police march to shut it down.
  • RFE's Afghan Service interviews locals in Helmand Province who have been displaced from their villages.
  • A correspondent from RFE's Kazakh Service interviews a falconer.
  • During the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War, RFE's coverage was widely heralded.
  • RFE's Armenian Service correspondent Ruzanna Stepanian covers a standoff between police and demonstrators in Yerevan.
  • Famed Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya is interviewed by RFE's Russian Service before her murder in 2006.
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is interviewed during his visit to RFE’s Prague headquarters, 2006.
  • Malahat Nasibova, a correspondent from RFE's service to Azerbaijan, was awarded the prestigious 2009 Rafto Prize.
  • Former Czech President Vaclav Havel presides over the first editorial meeting at RFE's new headquarters in Prague, 2009.
  • RFE's Akbar Ayazi moderated the first ever debate between Afghan presidential candidates, August 2009.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits RFE's new headquarters in Prague, April 2009.
  • A young girl in Azerbaijan talks to an RFE correspondent.
  • The first broadcast of Radio Mashaal, RFE's Pashto-language service to the Afghan-Pakistan border region.
  • Prague Master Control Room at the new Prague headquarters, 2009.
  • Radio Azadi employee looks at letters sent in to the radio station by Afghan listeners.
  • A group of student journalists visits RFE/RL.
  • A billboard in Kabul advertises Radio Free Afghanistan, locally known as Radio Azadi.
  • Yedige Magauin of RFE's Kazakh Service accepts the Online News Association award for excellence in online journalism.
  • Liberty monument outside RFE's Prague Headquarters.
  • General David Petraeus in 2010 being interviewed by RFE/RL Jay Tolsen on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
  • RFE/RL conducting radio distribution in Shaidave Province Afghanistan on October 25, 2010
  • RFE's new headquarters in Prague, opened in 2009.

RFE/RL History in Images

Published 27 March 2009

Take a look at more than 65 years of RFE/RL history in photos. Established at the beginning of the Cold War to transmit uncensored news and information to audiences behind the Iron Curtain, RFE/RL now provides uncensored news and information in 26 languages to 23 countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, and Russia. Audiences turn to RFE/RL for what they cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.