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A Storied Legacy and Continued Challenges: Reflections on RFE/RL and Commemorating A. Ross Johnson

Date & Time

May. 17, 2021
10:00am – 11:30am ET




For 70 years, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has played a critical role in working to advance freedom of information and the press in Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. Now, as authoritarian governments ramp up efforts to undermine democracy, human rights, and media freedom, RFE/RL is again on the front lines. Join us for a conversation with Jamie Fly, President and Chief Executive Officer of RFE/RL, and Daisy Sindelar, Vice President and Editor in Chief of RFE/RL, on the history, impact, and current challenges faced by RFE/RL in today’s evolving media environment.

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