The History of the U.S.-Czech Relations from Radio Free Europe´s Perspective

When: 03.05.2018 - 17:30 - 19:00
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
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On July 4, 1950, the Radio Free Europe (RFE) started its broadcast to Czechoslovakia from New York with the following words: “The voice of free Czechoslovakia is speaking, the radio station Free Europe.”

Since then, RFE played a significant role in the Czech-American relations. The station began its broadcast with a commitment to provide its listeners with legitimate news reports that respected the American tradition of free speech and balanced, professional, and up-to-date reporting. These are the key principles that RFE/RL continues to uphold even today. In 2018, RFE/RL provides balanced and uncensored reporting to over 20 countries. Besides radio broadcasting, the station provides its audience with news on the internet, mobile apps, YouTube, and recently also via its own TV station called Current Time.

Join the discussion on the role of the RFE in Czechoslovakia with historian Prokop Tomek, Military History Institute Prague (VHÚ), journalist Petr Brod, and journalist Jefim Fistejn. Radko Kubičko, journalist from the Czech Radio (Český rozhlas), will moderate the discussion.

The program will be in Czech.