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

Malaysian cartoonist arrested, facing additional interrogation

Zunar is a contributor to Benar News, which is affiliated with Radio Free Asia. According to his lawyer, he faces up to 43 years in prison.

Radio Free Asia launches “A River in Peril: The Mekong Under China’s Control”

Radio Free Asia (RFA) today launched a multimedia investigative web series examining the impact of China’s rapid development on the Mekong River and the communities downstream. “A River in Peril: The Mekong Under China’s Control” tells the story of Southeast Asia’s longest river, on which more than 60 million depend for their food, drinking water, and livelihoods.

RFA e-book by Han Dongfang uncovers ‘dark side of China’s economic rise,’ proposes a way out

While the rise of China as a global economic powerhouse has been well documented, less well known is how ordinary workers reaped few rewards during this period of astounding growth.

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).

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.

“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