RFA is mandated to broadcast to China, Tibet, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Burma.  RFA’s programming primarily comprises domestic news and information of unique and specific interest to its listeners.  All broadcasts are solely in local language(s) and dialects.  Each RFA language service is distinctive, reflecting the particular culture, language, and preferences of its listeners.

RFA adheres to rigorous journalistic standards of objectivity, accuracy, and fairness.  RFA aims, in turn, to retain the greatest confidence among its listeners and to serve as a model on which others may shape their own emerging journalistic traditions.

RFA is funded through an annual grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent U.S. agency; RFA has a legislative firewall that bars interference by U.S. government officials in the execution of RFA’s mission of providing reliable journalism to audiences otherwise deprived of uncensored, accurate press.

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Article 19, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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