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June 2008: Gwen Ha of RFA's Vietnamese Service accepts the Bronze World Medal at the New York Festivals Radio Broadcasting Awards for her coverage of a Vietnamese girl involved in the sex trade in Cambodia.

RFA has been honored with a wide variety of journalism awards over the years. Here are highlights of the most recent honors that our language services, reporters and broadcasters have earned:

In September 2010, broadcasters from Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese Service and Burmese Service won gold and bronze respectively at the 2010 New York Festivals competition in broadcasting. Both winning entries produced pieces exploring the issue of human trafficking in Asia. Additionally, broadcasters from RFA’s Mandarin and Korean services were named as finalists by the competition’s judges for pieces on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and North Korea’s youngest defectors.

In August 2010, The Society of Environmental Journalists awarded RFA First Prize for Outstanding Online Reporting on the Environment for its 2010 multimedia series “The Mekong Diaries”. The project entailed RFA’s team of videographers traveling the entire length of the Mekong River through Asia. Their efforts produced original reporting in English adapted into seven Asian languages, comprising 22 high-quality videos, along with blogs, graphics, slideshows, and other social media features.

In May 2010, RFA contributor and Tibetan blogger Tsering Woeser won the 2010 Courage in Journalism Award, sponsored by the International Women’s Foundation. Woeser, based in Beijing, was recognized for her bravery in persisting to blog and report on Tibetan human rights abuses in China despite threats from authorities. Though Woeser was unable to attend the awards ceremony, held in October in New York, she delivered her acceptance speech to attendees by video.

In February 2010, RFA won the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award for its multimedia feature titled “Half the Xinjiang Sky” in the category of Outstanding Website – News. The multimedia webpage showcases RFA’s extensive coverage of protests led by Uyghur women in the immediate and long-term aftermath of the Uyghur-Han ethnic riots and the crackdown led by Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang and Guangdong provinces.

RFA's headquarters in Washington displays honors and awards its journalists have earned over the years. Photo: Kyu Lee, RFA

In July 2009, New York Festivals named RFA “Broadcaster of the Year” and awarded RFA an unprecedented seven medals for journalistic excellence. Four of Radio Free Asia’s nine language services won top honors for excellence in journalism in the international competition, which included three gold, one silver, and three bronze medals.

  • Honored at NYF with gold were Mandarin reporter Ding Xiao in the category of Best Investigative Report for her story on a petitioner held illegally by authorities in a “law study group” detention center for disciplinary re-education and Uyghur broadcaster Shohret Hoshur in the Best Human Interest category for his exclusive story on an ethnic Uyghur woman in China facing a forced, third-term abortion. International pressure resulting from the story led to authorities’ releasing the woman, who was able to give birth to a son.

Other RFA medal winners at NYF included: Mandarin’s Peter Zhong with a silver in Best Investigative Report category for his feature titled “Crime without Punishment”; Mandarin’s Jill Ku with a bronze in the category of Best Special Report for her story on the arrest of a petitioner during the Beijing 2008 Olympics; Mandarin’s Asia Pacific Report with a bronze in the Best Newscast category; and Vietnamese’s Giao Pham with a bronze in the National/International Affairs category for his timely coverage on young Olympic protestors being arrested and beaten by police.

To learn about additional awards RFA has received over the years, please click here.


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.
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