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

RSF’s index stresses threats against journalists in Asia, audiences’ need for free press

The media environment in RFA’s broadcast region further declined, according to Reporters Without Borders’s 2017. Seven of RFA’s nine services target countries and territories in bottom 10 percent.

Radio Free Asia wins award for in-depth web project on Uyghur diaspora

RFA’s “Between Identity and Integration: The Uyghur Diaspora in the West” is among min magazine’s “Best of the Web” award winners and finalists for 2017.

Highest ranking North Korean defector says USIM plays important role

Thae Young-ho, former Deputy Ambassador to the North Korean embassy in the UK and the highest ranking diplomat to defect from the DPRK, has repeatedly commented on the importance of U.S. international media’s Korean programming.

Cantonese Service investigation highlights China’s vaccine crisis

A new investigative series by Radio Free Asia highlights concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy in mainland China.

Radio Free Asia hires new managing director for East Asia

RFA announced the hiring of veteran journalist Min Lee Mitchell as its new Managing Director for East Asia.

Recent Awards

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.

Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism

Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists (2015)

At the 2015 Appy Awards, Radio Free Asia (RFA) won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Radio Free Asia series on China nuclear risks wins award for excellence in journalism

Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism, radio reporting, Society of Professional Journalists (2014)

Radio Free Asia (RFA) today was named a winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists. RFA’s Cantonese Service’s investigative series on China’s nuclear energy risks, “A Citizenry Left in the Dark: China’s Nuclear Power Industry,” won in the category of radio investigative reporting. The series, which aired in four parts in December 2014, follows on RFA’s revelations in June 2010 when a nuclear power plant in close proximity to Hong Kong leaked radioactive material.

Gracie Award for Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature

Gracie Award for Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (2014)

At the 2014 Gracie Awards, Radio Free Asia (RFA) won a Gracie Award in the category of Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature.

Finalist for Best Human Interest Story

Finalist for Best Human Interest Story, (2014)

At the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Awards, Radio Free Asia (RFA) was a finalist in the category of Best Human Interest Story.


“I listen to Radio Free Asia programs every day along with my breakfast.”

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama