A daily report of developments

in Eastern and Southeastern Europe (Part II), Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia (Part I) prepared  

by the staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.


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Dear Newsline Reader:

The weakening U.S. dollar is placing our company, which broadcasts in 28 languages to 21 countries, under enormous budgetary pressure. Recently, I was faced with the difficult choice of scaling back RFE/RL's broadcasting efforts or making cuts to our research and analysis capabilities. Because our core mandate is to broadcast uncensored information to parts of the world where free and independent media are fragile or nonexistent, I chose the latter.

As a result, I deeply regret that we are no longer able to produce "RFE/RL Newsline." However, in the next few months, we will be launching a newly designed English-language website ( dedicated to translating and highlighting the best RFE/RL content from our broadcast services.

The new site will feature more video, blogs, and interactive content along with continued in-depth reporting from our broadcast regions. Budget permitting we also hope to launch a headline service in the near future and will keep you apprised of progress on this new project.

I want to thank the many analysts and researchers whose excellent work over the years made "RFE/RL Newsline" one of the most influential and well-regarded reports from our broadcast regions.


Jeffrey Gedmin
President, RFE/RL, Inc.
Prague, Czech Republic