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Special Press Briefing and Release of the 2009 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom - October 26, 2009 (revised)

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 25, 2009


Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton will deliver opening remarks on the release of the State Department’s 2009 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 2:15 p.m. The report outlines abuses of religious freedom and progress towards greater religious freedom in 198 countries and territories around the world. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner will speak following the Secretary, and will respond to reporters’ questions. This event is on camera and on the record and will be held in the State Department’s press briefing room (Room 2209).

The full text of the report will be available for downloading from the State Department web site at: following the briefing on October 26.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security and to be in the briefing room 10 minutes prior to the briefing.

Advance Copies of the Embargoed Report

Embargoed copies of the report will be available on disks at the Department's Press office on October 26 at 11:45 a.m. In addition copies will be available on a password-protected website. Contact Alexander McLaren ( for the URL and passwords. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, approximately 3:30 p.m.

Press Contacts

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

Alexander McLaren (
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor – Office of International Religious Freedom
(202) 647-1219

PRN: 2009/1058 Revised

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