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Vaclav Havel's Visit To RFE/RL


On March 27, 2009, former Czech President Vaclav Havel presided over the first editorial meeting at RFE/RL's new home.
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On March 27, 2009, former Czech President Vaclav Havel presided over the first editorial meeting at RFE/RL's new home.

President Havel arrives at RFE/RL's headquarters.
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President Havel arrives at RFE/RL's headquarters.

President Havel touring the new building
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President Havel touring the new building

The main conference room, where the first editorial meeting took place
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The main conference room, where the first editorial meeting took place

As honorary editor, President Havel gave a short introductory address, then directed the discussion of the day's news.
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As honorary editor, President Havel gave a short introductory address, then directed the discussion of the day's news.

RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin listens while Havel speaks.
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RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin listens while Havel speaks.

President Havel listens, as directors of RFE/RL's language services brief him on events in their countries
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President Havel listens, as directors of RFE/RL's language services brief him on events in their countries

President Havel signs the RFE/RL guestbook
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President Havel signs the RFE/RL guestbook

Photos from RFE/RL's history decorate the halls of the new headquarters.
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Photos from RFE/RL's history decorate the halls of the new headquarters.

Journalists from Radio Free Afghanistan shake hands with the president.
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Journalists from Radio Free Afghanistan shake hands with the president.

President Havel was presented with a letter from a listener in Afghanistan, one of hundreds received on a regular basis.
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President Havel was presented with a letter from a listener in Afghanistan, one of hundreds received on a regular basis.

RFE/RL correspondent Jeremy Bransten interviews the president.
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RFE/RL correspondent Jeremy Bransten interviews the president.

Employees gathered in the central newsroom to hear President Havel speak.
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Employees gathered in the central newsroom to hear President Havel speak.

The president enters the central cewsroom to make a toast.
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The president enters the central cewsroom to make a toast.

A toast to RFE/RL
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A toast to RFE/RL

Vaclav Havel with RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin (L) and RFE/RL senior advisor Pavel Pechacek
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Vaclav Havel with RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin (L) and RFE/RL senior advisor Pavel Pechacek

All smiles as the president returns to the radio station that he helped bring to Prague.
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All smiles as the president returns to the radio station that he helped bring to Prague.

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