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September 4, 2000

Change of Time and Venue for Briefing on the 2000 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

There has been a change in time and venue for the briefing on the release of the second "Annual Report on International Religious Freedom."

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will deliver ON CAMERA/ON-THE-RECORD opening remarks to the press on the report at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5 at the State Department's New York Foreign Press Center, 150 East 52nd Street, 5th Floor, New York City, telephone number (212) 317-8325. Camera crews planning to attend should have their cameras in position by 11:30 a.m and should provide their own lighting. Journalists wishing to attend should arrive at the New York Foreign Press Center by 12:00 noon. The Secretary's remarks will be followed by a briefing on the report by Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs Harold Hongju Koh and Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Robert Sieple, who will respond to questions from the press.


Based on input from the State Department Correspondents' Association, the Press Office will provide a limited number of copies of the Introduction, Preface, Executive Summary and 20 selected country reports.

-- Available to the press at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, on a first-come, first-served basis -- Only one set per media organization -- Must be picked up in person at the State Department Press Office, Room 2115 or at the Foreign Press Center in New York -- They will not be faxed or mailed -- Couriers sent to obtain a copy must have media identification to be admitted into the building. Copies will not be delivered to couriers at building entrances. -- EMBARGOED until the conclusion of the Department's ON-THE-RECORD briefing.


The Office of Press Relations will make available at 9:30 a.m. on September 5 two pre-publication reference copies of the full report for members of the press to review: one in the Press Office (Room 2109) and one in the Correspondents' Room (Room 2313). Journalists may photocopy selected individual country reports from these reference copies. However, use of these reports is EMBARGOED until the conclusion of the ON-THE-RECORD briefing.


After the conclusion of the briefing on September 5, the Bureau of Public Affairs will place the full text of the report on the Internet at: http://1997-2001.state.gov


A few weeks after its release, printed copies of the full report will be sold by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC 20402; telephone 202-512-1800; fax 202-512-2250.

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