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20 Years of RFE/RL Relocation to Prague

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka attended a gala evening to mark the 20th anniversary of Radio Free Europe’s relocation from Munich to Prague. He also took the opportunity to introduce Pavel Pecháček and Kevin Klose as the laureates of the Karel Kramář Medal.

Pavel Pecháček worked in RFE/RL in Munich, Germany, after his emigration from Czechoslovakia in 1968. From 1975 he was the head of the Czechoslovak section at Voice of America and from 1989 he directed the RFE/RL Czech broadcasting. Mr. Pecháček lives in Washington, DC.

Kevin Klose was the Director of RFE/RL in 1994-1997 and again in 2013-2014. He is a former editor and reporter for the Washington Post and the director of National Public Radio. At present, he is a lecturer at the Philip Merrill College at the University of Maryland.

The Medal of Karel Kramář (the first PM of Czechoslovakia in 1918) was created on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Czechoslovakia in 2008. It is bestowed by the Prime Minister as a commemorative medal for contribution to the renewal of democracy, human rights, and freedom.

Prime Minister's Speech