Welcome to Radio Free Asia’s 15th Anniversary Website

Last Updated on Thursday, 6 February 2014 09:02 Written by augustins Tuesday, 12 April 2011 07:28

Greeting from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The Nobel Laureate and Burmese Democracy Leader has been listening to RFA since the Burmese service first went on the air in February 1997. In this special message, she thanks RFA for keeping her aware of events unfolding around the world and for its “invaluable contribution” to the strengthening of democratic values and freedoms.

Dalai Lama Visits RFA on Anniversary Year

On July 11, 2011, Radio Free Asia hosted His Holiness the
Dalai Lama at its Washington, DC headquarters. The Tibetan spiritual
leader gave remarks on RFA’s 15th anniversary to staff from all nine RFA
language services. The Dalai Lama said RFA is “extremely helpful” and
lauded its services for their contribution in working to “educate people
who have no freedom of information.”

Karmapa Commends RFA for 15 Years of Accomplishments

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, grew up listening to RFA. During his July 15, 2011, visit to RFA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, the Tibetan lama gave an interview to RFA’s Tibetan service and spoke about RFA’s important role in its 15th anniversary year as a broadcaster for the Tibetan community both in Tibetan regions inside China and around the world.

RFA's Cantonese Service

We’re featuring each of RFA’s nine language services on our 15th anniversary website. Here, we highlight RFA’s Cantonese service. Since its beginning in 1998, RFA Cantonese has been successfully breaking stories and providing thorough coverage of news and information.Please click here to learn more about RFA Cantonese, including fast facts, photos, history, special programming, listener comments, and the media environment in China.Click here for previously featured Language Service focus pages.

RFA’s History In Photos
RFA's History in Photos

RFA reporters RFA journalists Feng Xiaoming and Arin Basu meet President Clinton at the White House on June 24th 1998.

RFA Executive Editor Dan Southerland (L) and First RFA President Richard Richter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to RFA in 1997.

Burmese monks march as part of the Saffron Revolution in Burma on September 24th 2007.

RFA staff covering the Hong Kong handover to Chinese control in July 1997.

A Vietnamese police officer restrains a woman trying to enter a Hanoi court in December 2009. Eight Catholics were on trial for disturbing public order and destroying property during land-dispute rallies.

Phnom Penh authorities arrest Mr. Mam Sonando, director of the Beehive FM radio station, on October 11th 2005 and put him in Prey Sar prison o­n charges of defaming the government.

RFA interviews Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee in 2006.

Lao Hmong refugees at the Thai border camps in July 2007.

Novice monks who listen to RFA take a break in Luang Prabang, Laos in 2009.

RFA interviews forced evictees from Cambodia’s Kompong Thom province in July 2010.

Two Vietnamese men don shirts contesting China’s claims on disputed islands in the South China Sea following the arrest of three bloggers in Vietnam who protested the country’s policies toward China in 2009.

Armed Chinese forces gather on the streets of Urumqi, the capital city of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, days after the July 5th 2009 protest march.

RFA President Libby Liu speaks at a panel on media freedom at the Newseum in Washington, DC in May 2010.

On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Feng Cong De, a former student leader now in exile, delivered an open letter to Chinese Consulate in San Francisco demanding his right to return to China on June 4th 2010.

Tibetans take to the street in October 2010, protesting China’s new restrictions that ban the use of Tibetan language in schools in this photograph sent in by a citizen journalist.

RFA sponsors a debate during the Cambodian National Elections in 2008.

Duke University student Grace Wang, who tried to mediate between Chinese and Tibetan students clashing on campus, sparked a nationalistic backlash in China that sent her parents into hiding.

Hmong villager in the central highlands of Laos who listens to RFA every day shows his radio to our staff in 2009.

RFA’s Burmese service interviews exile government Prime Minister Dr. Sein Win at a demonstration in front of the Burmese Embassy in Washington, DC.

Showcasing its new studio, RFA launches video webcasts for its language services.

Environmental activists protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok in April 2010 over dams along the Mekong River in Laos, Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia.

An empty chair sits where imprisoned Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo would have been seated before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on December 10th 2010.

BBG Governor Ashe and RFA Executive Editor Dan Southerland meet with RFA staff at our bureau in Phnom Penh in January 2011.

In May 2011, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney met with RFA’s Burmese, Lao, and Vietnamese staff during her visit at RFA’s Bangkok office.

From Broadcast To Video

Citizen video footage has transformed the way reporters cover events. From cell phone video to award winning documentary, RFA is now producing news that you can see as well as hear.

RFA Listener Comments


This year, Radio Free Asia celebrates 15 years of bringing objective, accurate, and timely news to people in Asian countries that restrict free speech and free media.
While much has changed at RFA since we began in 1996, our mission has remained the same: to advance the principles of the fundamental right to the free-flow of information and the right to seek, receive, and impart information.
Please take a moment to explore this webpage where you can revisit important milestones, accomplishments, and moments from RFA’s early days to the present.
—Libby Liu, President of RFA

BBG resolution

On December 17, 2010 the Broadcasting Board of Governors passed this resolution celebrating and commemorating RFA's 15 years of impact broadcasting.

Click here to read the resolution (PDF)

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