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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 Mandarin wins Gracie Award for human trafficking series

Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Mandarin Service was today named among the winners at this year’s Gracie Awards for its four-part series, Abduction and Trafficking of Women in China: A True Story and Analysis. The project, a collaboration between two of RFA Mandarin’s veteran journalists, won in the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation-sponsored contest’s category for best non-English programs.

RFA names News Standards Editor and Investigative Team Director

Radio Free Asia named Steve Springer as its News Standards & Best Practices Editor and Boer Deng as Director of RFA’s new Investigative Team — two newly created roles.

Excellence and commitment to press freedom honored at 21st Annual Burke Awards

Today, the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) celebrated its 21st annual David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards ceremony. This year, for the first time, in addition to recognizing excellent reporting and coverage, the agency honored accomplishments made in providing broad, safe and secure access to that content.  

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