Radio Liberty Marks 60 Years
Radio Liberty (originally called Radio Liberation) began broadcasting to the former Soviet Union from West Germany on March 1, 1953, and it almost immediately gained a substantial audience when it covered the death of Josef Stalin four days later. Throughout the Cold War, Radio Liberty and its fellow broadcaster Radio Free Europe transmitted uncensored news and information to audiences behind the Iron Curtain, while also giving a voice to dissidents and opposition movements in communist countries. In this way, both stations are widely believed to have played an important role in the collapse of communism and the rise of democracies in the former Eastern Bloc. Based in Prague since 1995, RFE/RL is now a multimedia outlet providing news and information to countries where an independent media is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed.