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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 USAGM.

Recent Press Releases

RFA President: Hong Kong bureau to restructure in light of Article 23

In light of Hong Kong’s passage of Article 23, Bay Fang, President and CEO of Radio Free Asia (RFA), made the following statement about the organization’s plans in Hong Kong – which is available below in Cantonese:

RFA Burmese, imprisoned filmmaker win Gracie Award for environmental story

Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Burmese Service was today named among the winners at this year’s Gracie Awards for its video report, Ayeyarwady Riverbank Erosion. The project, which examines the human impact of climate change in Myanmar, was produced by Shin Daewe, a prolific documentarian and longtime freelancer to RFA who earlier this year was sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal in Myanmar. She is widely known for her work spotlighting the challenges facing Myanmar’s environment and the impact of armed conflict on civilians following the military’s 2021 coup.

RFA wins three journalism awards in Taiwan

Radio Free Asia (RFA) investigative reporter Jane Tang and RFA’s Mandarin Service were named winners of three awards at this year’s Taiwan-based Overseas Mandarin Media Reporting Awards competition. RFA’s projects, which won across three categories, examine China’s influence operations on U.S. soil, Taiwan’s fragile ecology, and volunteer soldiers from Taiwan joining Ukraine’s forces in the Russia-Ukraine war.

Recent Awards

““I am in anguish. There is a spiritual hunger in me. I thirst for certain information, but given the way things are in China, my thirst cannot be quenched. I can only tune into your program often. I like your program a lot. Your program moves me so much that I have become an insomniac.””

RFA Listener, Guangxi Province, China