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

RFA’s Mekong project wins at New York Festivals

“A River in Peril: The Mekong Under China’s Control” won a silver award in the category of Best Online News Program. In addition, two other entries from RFA were listed as finalists.

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.

Recent Awards

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.

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.

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