Magazine April 16, 2018, Issue

Still Broadcasting Freedom

RFE/RL in Kyrgyzstan (Photo: RFE/RL)
‘We believe that truth is the best propaganda’

One of the most interesting and admirable news organizations in the world is RFE/RL. Those letters stand for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. The “radios,” as they’re also known, merged in 1976. Are they not a Cold War relic? Not at all — unfortunately. They are playing their old role, to a degree, as the Kremlin and others are playing theirs (to a degree).

Every day, the Kremlin and its partners spread propaganda, disinformation, and fake news. “Disinformation” is a term from the Cold War. It meant, not misinformation, which can be an honest mistake. (I tell you that the

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