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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 video series wins National Murrow Award

Radio Free Asia (RFA) applauds the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) announcement of RFA as the winner of a National Murrow Award for its “Gray Rhino” series. The series, made up of four short videos, focuses on issues in China’s financial sector and the problems they may pose to the country’s citizenry. This marks the second consecutive year RFA has won the prestigious award.

Radio Free Asia Uyghur reporter wins ‘Courage in Journalism’ award

Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur journalist Gulchehra Hoja today was announced as a winner of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award for her coverage of the ongoing human rights abuses occurring in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The award, which this year marks the 30th anniversary of its inception, “honors the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths.”

Radio Free Asia’s Great Famine documentary wins at New York Festivals Radio Awards

Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Mandarin Service was announced yesterday as a gold medal winner at the 2020 New York Festivals Radio Awards in the Documentary category. The service won a top prize for its piece titled, “China’s Great Famine: Sad Songs of Peasants in a Food War”, a collection of oral histories from survivors of the man-made catastrophe that unfolded between 1959 and 1961. RFA’s Korean Service was recognized as a finalist in the Best Human Interest category for its series on North Korean defectors, “13 North Koreans’ 10,000 km Journey in Search of Freedom.”

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.

“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