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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 statement on the release of former Burmese child soldier

Aung Ko Htway was released from a Yangon prison Friday morning after serving out a sentence of two years and six months for “incitement.”

RFA Statement on the charges against former RFA journalists in Cambodia

The circumstances under which Radio Free Asia closed its office in Cambodia have become a topic of scrutiny in the ongoing trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court of former RFA journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin. With the trial due to resume on Friday, RFA would like to reiterate that it considers the charges brought against Chhin and Sothearin to be unsubstantiated and issue the following statement:

Radio Free Asia features recognized at 2019 New York Festivals Radio Awards

Radio Free Asia (RFA) received honors for two news features at last night’s 2019 New York Festivals Radio Awards, an annual juried competition recognizing achievements in broadcast media. 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’s Korean Service’s “North Korean Refugees in Canada” was a finalist in the same category.

Recent Awards

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

(2019)

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

(2019)

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

(2019)

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.

Radio Free Asia’s mission is to provide accurate and timely news and information to Asian countries whose governments prohibit access to a free press.

““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

1998