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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

Statement of RFA President on former Cambodia journalists’ appeal

The appeal by former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin to drop the reinvestigation into espionage charges laid against them was rejected by Cambodia’s Appeals Court today. The two were arrested after RFA was forced to close its Phnom Penh bureau in the fall of 2017. RFA President Bay Fang made the following statement:

RFA publishes Rebel Pepper e-Book with Hong Kong, Uyghur focus

“Rebel Pepper uses his trademark brand of political and social satire to focus on the pressing issues of the day for Radio Free Asia’s audiences. This new volume spotlights Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests and China’s mass oppression of the Uyghurs, bringing an incisive, artistic perspective to two of the most critical stories that RFA has covered extensively.” - RFA President Bay Fang

Bay Fang named Radio Free Asia’s new president

“Bay Fang is an excellent choice to lead Radio Free Asia. She brings rich expertise in journalism and foreign policy to ensure RFA fulfills its crucial mission in spite of overwhelming challenges throughout the region. Radio Free Asia leads the world in exposing atrocities in Xinjiang, Tibet, North Korea and throughout Southeast Asia. RFA is a lifeline for people living under repression -- giving them the truth and a voice.” - RFA and USAGM Board Chairman Ken Weinstein.

Recent Awards

Radio Free Asia feature wins at 2019 New York Festivals Radio Awards


RFA’s Mandarin Service won a Silver Medal in the News Features category for its “Gray Rhino” series, a set of short videos focused on China’s financial sector and its risks for ordinary citizens.

RFA Mandarin wins Edward R. Murrow Award


RFA Mandarin’s video “The Women Against the State,” earned the distinction in the juried contest’s category of Excellence in Video. The video focuses on the aftermath of China’s “709” Crackdown– a nationwide roundup of lawyers and legal activists that began in July 2015 – and the wives of those still held in custody today.

RFA Khmer Service’s documentary “Impunity or Justice” received a Bronze Medal


RFA Khmer Service’s documentary on Hun Sen’s 1997 coup “Impunity or Justice” received a Bronze Medal in the Human Rights category. “Impunity or Justice” follows Cambodia’s Hun Sen as he launched a bloody coup against the sitting Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh in 1997. Hundreds were injured or killed, including forces loyal to the Prince. Now after more than two decades, some are still fighting to bring those responsible to justice.

““Continued broadcasting will change the awareness of the people. The DPRK (North Korea) is a country that cannot exist long. Broadcasting is like shooting a gun at the general public. You should broadcast even if you think there is only one person in the audience. You should not spare money for broadcasting."”

North Korean defector & former journalist