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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

Four wins for RFA digital brand 歪脑 | WHYNOT at Telly Awards

Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) online affiliate 歪脑 | WHYNOT won four prizes at the 43rd annual Telly Awards – earning one silver award for its special report “Preserving the Erased Decade of the Chinese Feminist Movement” and three for its docu-series “Caught in the Crossfire.” The two entries won across four of the Telly Awards’ categories, which judge the best work created within television and video, including Online Documentary and Non-scripted Web Series.

RFA President affirms urgency of global press freedom amid rising authoritarianism: ‘Choice couldn’t be clearer’

Marking World Press Freedom Day amid rising authoritarianism and escalating dangers facing journalists, Radio Free Asia (RFA) President Bay Fang pledged RFA’s steadfast commitment to informing publics in Asia deprived of a free press and free expression.

RFA online affiliate 歪脑 | WHYNOT wins at 43rd Society of News Design awards

Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) online affiliate 歪脑 | WHYNOT is among the winners at this year’s Society of News Design (SND) competition in its Best of Digital Design category. 歪脑 | WHYNOT’s special report Between Vision and Reality: the Gap in China’s Fight Against HIV won the bronze award for Design in Health, while its reports Preserving the Erased Decade of the Chinese Feminist Movement and A Guide To the New Hong Kong Under the Chinese Communist Party both received an Award of Excellence for Use of Commissioned Illustration.

Recent Awards

“The Tibetan language program...has become the listening post and window to the outside world for the Tibetans under the occupation by China. I know for a fact that the Tibetans inside Tibet listen to your program every day at the great risk of being prosecuted and imprisoned by the Chinese authorities.”

Excerpt of a letter to Radio Free Asia f rom a listener, Wangchuk Tsering, in Nepal