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60th Anniversary of RFE Broadcasting to Czechoslovakia (discussion and reception)


Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Please join us for a celebration of the
60th Anniversary of Radio Free Europe's First Broadcasts to Czechoslovakia


with remarks by

His Excellency Karel Schwarzenberg
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic


Thomas A. Dine
President, American Friends of the Czech Republic

former President, RFE/RL, Inc.

RFE Czchoslovak Service correspondent Olga Kopecka interviewing a child who took part in an escape by homemade airplane over the Iron Curtain, mid-1960's


A discussion:
No Freedom Without Media Freedom


Walter Isaacson (moderator)
President, Aspen Institute

Chair, Broadcasting Board of Governors

His Excellency Husain Haqqani
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States

Carl Gershman
President, National Endowment for Democracy

David Kramer
Execuitve Director, Freedom House

Golnaz Esfandiari
Senior Correspondent, RFE/RL

June 2, 2011
Program: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Reception to follow

Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC


On May 1, 1951 the first director of the "Voice of Free Czechoslovakia," Ferdinand Peroutka, vowed that Radio Free Europe's Czech- and Slovak-language programs would "smash the Communist monopoly on speaking to the Czech nation." Throughout the Cold War, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty programs brought uncensored news and hope for a better future to millions in Communist-ruled Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Today, RFE's broadcasts in 21 countries where a free press is banned or not fully established -- such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Russia -- continue to inspire bloggers, journalists and others who believe that free access to information is vital to open closed societies.


The Embassy of the Czech Republic    |    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

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When & Where

Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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