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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 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.

Twenty-seven years later, RFA’s incisive brand of journalism and storytelling is as essential as ever

Today marks the 27th anniversary of Radio Free Asia (RFA), when our first broadcast of uncensored, accurate news reached listeners in China on the airwaves. Nearly three decades later, RFA has grown into a full-fledged, 21st century media company serving millions who lack access to a free press or are subject to authoritarian malign influence in Asia and around the world. RFA President Bay Fang highlighted RFA’s unique role and the power of storytelling.

RFA brand 歪脑 | WHYNOT wins online journalism award

 Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) digital brand 歪脑 | WHYNOT was today named a winner at this year’s Online News Association-sponsored Online Journalism Awards (OJA). Its winning documentary The Young People Who ‘Ran’ out of China, Are Their Dreams Coming True?, which profiles several Chinese emigrants who fled China during the Covid pandemic, won in the category of Digital Video Storytelling for Short Form, Small/Medium Newsroom.

Recent Awards

“I am a Uyghur listener. I think RFA is the only station where we Uyghurs can express our political views freely. So, on behalf of 25 million Uyghurs, I am very thankful for you. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”

RFA Uyghur listener