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

BBG programs named finalists at 2016 New York Festivals World Radio Awards

Four entries submitted by BBG networks earned the distinction as finalists in the 2016 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Program awards.

RFA hosts banned film on murdered Cambodian rainforest activist on Website

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Radio Free Asia (RFA) is making available online a recently banned documentary film about the murder of a prominent Cambodian rainforest activist. The makers of “I Am Chut Wutty” have agreed to allow RFA to post the Cambodian language film on its RFA Khmer website in perpetuity starting Tuesday (April 26).

RFA launches investigative series on North Korean labor overseas

RFA’s “Human Capital: North Korean Workers Abroad Earn Hard Currency for Regime” is first in a series of in-depth journalistic projects to come.

RFA’s trafficking documentary describes Vietnamese mother’s ordeal, escape

On International Women’s Day, Radio Free Asia (RFA) released a short documentary, “Vietnam: Cost of Living” — the eighth installment of the online RFA multimedia series “Breaking Free: Stories of escape from traffickers.” This seven-minute video report from Vietnam tells the story of a married woman and mother who was tricked into working in the Malaysian sex trade by a female relative.

Radio Free Asia reports on deadly unrest in Laos

Radio Free Asia’s Lao Service has been closely covering the deadly unrest in Laos that has been unfolding in recent months and has provided details that some major media sources have picked up.

Recent Awards

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.

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, New York Festivals International Radio Awards (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.

Finalist for Best News Documentary or Special

Finalist for Best News Documentary or Special, New York Festivals International Radio Awards (2014)

At the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Awards, Radio Free Asia (RFA) was a finalist in the category of Best News Documentary or Special.

Finalist in Environment and Ecology

Finalist in Environment and Ecology, New York Festivals International Radio Awards (2014)

At the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Awards, Radio Free Asia (RFA) was a finalist for the category of Environment and Ecology.

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

The Dalai Lama