Logo projektu Svobodně!Foto: Český rozhlas
In celebration of sixty years of Radio Free Europe (1951 - 2011), there is a major project going on in Prague now through May 2011. For anyone who understands Czech, there are many recordings of former RFE Czech Service staffers and a wealth of information about RFE's Czech Service.
Radio Free Europe 1951–2011
Czech Radio, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, Prague would like to remember symbolically this chapter of the national history, in which one free voice, one free radio station has an incredible value for the essence of liberty itself. Sixty years ago, in May 1951, the first tones of Radio Free Europe key signature rang out into the air, the broadcasting of the Czechoslovak newsroom begun.
To the 60th anniversary of Radio Free Europe broadcasting, a number of events is prepared. They all are to bring hindsight of the events and the currently needed reminder of the theme of freedom of speech. We are working on a book summarizing the history of Radio Free Europe, an international conference is going to take place on the grounds of the Senate of the Czech Parliament, an exhibition is going to be opened in the Wallenstein Garden and a festive concert of the Symphonic Orchestra of Czech Radio is organized. In its broadcasting, the Czech Radio pays extraordinary attention to the anniversary with the emphasis on introducing this important part of Czech history to the new generation to which a literary competition of the secondary school students is connected.
The event is happening under the auspices of Petr Nečas, the Prime Minister of Czech Republic and Iveta Radičová, the Prime Minister of Slovak Republic. The events in the Senate of the Parliament of Czech Republic are happening under the auspices of Přemysl Sobotka, deputy chairman of the Senate. This way they confirmed our belief that such hindsight has its irreplaceable role and meaningfulness even twenty years after the fall of the communistic dictatorship.