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

Statement on the passing of Dick Richter, RFA’s founding president

RFA's founding President Richard “Dick” Richter passes away on June 29, 2018.

Radio Free Asia ends TV broadcasts on DVB

RFA aired its last original TV broadcast on the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) network on Myanmar’s MRTV channel on June 11, following the Myanmar government's requirement that DVB not carry programming if the word “Rohingya” continued to be used.

RFA interactive web feature: The Rohingya: World’s Least-Wanted People

This web project explores the long persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar through graphics, videos, key quotes, and current news. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims, including about 20,000 pregnant women, fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state last August in the wake of a military counter-offensive. The exodus put a huge strain on impoverished Bangladesh, which is struggling to provide housing and health care for Rohingya, many of whom escaped with little more than the clothes on their back.

RFA Wins Gracie Award for Rohingya Feature

RFA was named a winner at the 2018 Gracie Awards for its in-depth webpage “The Rohingya: World’s Least-Wanted People.”

The Dragon’s Reach: Tracking China’s economic power play

In an effort to maximize resources, increase collaboration and focus on key issues and audiences, the networks of the BBG have produced another full-scale collaborative project: The Dragon’s Reach; Tracking China’s Economic Power Play.

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

“This is the particular invaluable contribution that a station like RFA, dedicated to the strengthening of democratic values and freedoms all over the world, has to make.”

Aung San Suu KyiNobel Peace Prize recipient, State Counsellor of Myanmar