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Congress honors RFE 60th anniversary Print
Monday, 23 November 2009

houseThe United States House of Representatives passed on Nov. 4, 2009 almost unanimosly the resolution honoring Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on its 60th anniversary and commending both its past and present adherence to the democratic principles on which it was founded in 1949.

H. Res. 641:
•  "Recognizes the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and honors its contribution to promoting freedom and liberty around the world; and
•  "Commends the employees and reporters of RFE/RL for their commitment to provide fair and unbiased news to people living under oppressive regimes."

The resolution "congratulates the organization on six decades of helping to keep the spark of freedom alive in some of history's darkest hours and salutes the men and women of RFE/RL for their continuing commitment to the free flow of information," said Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, speaking on the resolution's behalf in Congress. Journalists such as these are heroes, fighting with determination for freedom.

The resolution, introduced on July 14 by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, was co-sponsored by Reps. Bob Inglis, R-South Carolina; Thaddeus G. McCotter, R-Michigan; Ted Poe, R-Texas; Christopher H. Smith, R-New Jersey; Dan Burton, R-Indiana and Gus M. Bilirakis, R-Florida.
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