Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Doug Frantz will travel to Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and Turkey from April 8 to April 18, 2014.
In Tbilisi, Assistant Secretary Frantz will visit the Multimedia Education Center and the S.A.F.E. regional security training hub for journalists. He will also meet with journalism students and media analysts to discuss the media climate in Georgia.
In Kyrgyzstan, Assistant Secretary Frantz will travel to Bishkek and Osh, where he will meet with Kyrgyzstani Government officials, journalists, and members of civil society to discuss press and internet freedom and the role of social media in Kyrgyzstan. He will also speak with students at a university and at our American Corner about the relationship between the government and the news media in the United States.
Assistant Secretary Frantz will proceed to South Africa, where he will visit the Public Affairs Africa Regional Media Hub in Johannesburg and meet with journalism students to discuss the intersection of foreign policy and the media. He will continue on to Cape Town where he will participate in a panel discussion at the International Press Institute World Congress.
Assistant Secretary Frantz will end his travels in Istanbul, where he will meet with journalists, members of civil society, and university students to discuss press freedom and the importance of digital diplomacy.