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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 Highlights

Radio Free Asia hires new Managing Director for Southeast Asia

Award-winning journalist joins RFA as new Managing Director for Southeast Asia, overseeing the network's coverage of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.  

Radio Free Asia launches documentary on former Uyghur detainees

A Radio Free Asia (RFA) documentary, Behind the Walls: Three Uyghurs Detail their Experience in China's Secret 'Re-education' Camps, interviews former Uyghur inmates of the notorious “political re-education camps” in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Statement of Libby Liu, President of Radio Free Asia, on release of former RFA Khmer journalists

RFA president statement in response to the release of former RFA Khmer Service journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin.

Statement on the passing of Dick Richter, RFA’s founding president

RFA's founding President Richard “Dick” Richter passes away on June 29, 2018.

Radio Free Asia ends TV broadcasts on DVB

RFA aired its last original TV broadcast on the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) network on Myanmar’s MRTV channel on June 11, following the Myanmar government's requirement that DVB not carry programming if the word “Rohingya” continued to be used.

Recent Awards

Radio Free Asia’s Burmese Service wins at New York Festivals

Bronze World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards(2018)

Radio Free Asia (RFA) won a bronze medal in the biography/profiles category at the 2018 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards for its television profile piece titled, “Child Solider Recalls his Plight.” It follows former child soldier, Aung Ko Htway, as he describes his abduction and forced conscription for nearly 10 years.

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. The series tells the stories of victims who succeeded in fleeing enslavement, incorporating eye-opening short documentaries, animation, and images to tell the stories of victims who managed to flee enslavement. The series was also a finalist in the Best Online News Program category for the New York Festivals’ World’s Best TV and Film in April.

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. The series tells the stories of victims who succeeded in fleeing enslavement, incorporating eye-opening short documentaries, animation, and images to tell the stories of victims who managed to flee enslavement.

RFA

“RFA is my favorite radio since it is the main source of national news. Obviously, it covers deforestation, corruption, and land violation news. These issues, which domestic radio stations are frightened to broadcast, are vital to both me and my country.”

Male, 35, Phnom Penh