Radio Free Asia

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with eight bureaus and offices overseas, RFA is a private, nonprofit, multimedia news corporation. RFA brings award-winning, domestic journalism and uncensored content to people in six Asian countries that restrict free speech, freedom of the press, and access to reliable information beyond their borders. RFA also provides educational and cultural programming, as well as forums for audiences to engage in open dialogue and freely express opinions.

Working in some of the world’s harshest media environments, RFA utilizes on-the-ground reporters and “stringers,” as well as vast networks of cultivated in-country sources, citizen journalists, and eyewitnesses who provide leads, tips, images, and video—often at great personal risk—to ensure that their fellow countrymen and women get accurate, timely news and information about what’s happening in their communities and neighborhoods.

RFA is funded by a grant from the BBG.

Recent Highlights

Radio Free Asia interview with Burmese child soldier wins at New York Festivals

RFA’s Burmese Service won bronze medal in the biography/profiles category at the 2018 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards for its television profile piece titled, “Child Solider Recalls his Plight.”

WATCH: Radio Free Asia’s look back at 2017

From the plight of the Rohingya to Liu Xiaobo’s death to a dramatic defection in the DMZ, 2017 was full of remarkable stories showing both the struggle and resilience of the human spirit. Radio Free Asia was there.

RFA releases e-book of Chinese dissident political cartoonist’s artwork

In this collection of 50 drawings, Wang continues to apply his editorial and artistic wit to events in China, while also tackling issues from North Korean nuclear provocations to Cambodian political machinations to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

CPJ report highlights threats to RFA journalists, former staff

“None of these individuals deserves to be imprisoned or face the might of authoritarian legal systems. Nor should their families and loved ones be forced to suffer at the hands of authorities. These acts of intimidation should cease and these individuals should be freed, without charges and without delay."

Statement from Radio Free Asia’s President on Cambodia

Libby Liu issued a statement about RFA’s decision to suspend in-country operations in Cambodia.

Recent Awards

Radio Free Asia’s Burmese Service wins at New York Festivals

Bronze World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2018)

Radio Free Asia (RFA) won a bronze medal in the biography/profiles category at the 2018 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards for its television profile piece titled, “Child Solider Recalls his Plight.” It follows former child soldier, Aung Ko Htway, as he describes his abduction and forced conscription for nearly 10 years.

RFA’s “A River in Peril: The Mekong Under China’s Control” wins silver

Silver Radio winner, Best Online News Program, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2017)

The investigative web series “A River in Peril: The Mekong Under China’s Control” won a silver award in the category of Best Online News Program.

RFA Uyghur investigative project wins “Best of the Web” award

Best of the Web: Multimedia Feature, min Awards (2017)

RFA’s series, “Between Identity and Integration — The Uyghur diaspora in the West,” spanned a year and involved investigative reporting in four different European countries, traces the path of Uyghur émigrés over the decades from western China into Europe.

RFA online series on human trafficking a finalist at New York Festivals

Finalist, Best Online News Program, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2016)

RFA’s online series on human trafficking in Asia, “Breaking Free: Stories of Escape from Traffickers,” was selected as a finalist in the Best Online News category of the New York Festivals’ International Radio Programming contest in June.

RFA’s “Breaking Free” documentary a finalist at New York Festivals

Finalist, Best Online News Program, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2016)

RFA’s online series on human trafficking in Asia, “Breaking Free: Stories of Escape from Traffickers,” was selected as a finalist in the Best Online News category of the New York Festivals’ World’s Best Television and Film contest in June.

RFA

“I first learned about Hong Kong's Occupy Central Movement through shortwave broadcasting by Radio Free Asia. I am thrilled for the people of Hong Kong to bravely fight for democracy and freedom.”

Caller from Huizhou, China