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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 6, 2003


Indonesia-United States Town Hall Meeting "Common Values, Common Challenges" - February 7

A satellite Town Hall meeting, “Common Values, Common Challenges,” will be taped February 7, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium of the Media and Public Affairs Building of George Washington University, located at 805 21st Street, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the United States-Indonesia Society, the Public Diplomacy Institute at George Washington University, RCTI Indonesian Television, and the U.S. Department of State, this meeting is designed to be a forum for frank and honest discussion between individuals in Indonesia and the United States in order to promote greater communication and understanding between citizens of these two countries.

The United States-Indonesia Society and George Washington University selected 100 participants (50 from each country) based on their knowledge and interest in United States-Indonesia relations and their ability to engage in a dialogue about the program’s four themes: faith, family, education, and charity. Steven Roberts, professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University and moderator of National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show will moderate in the United States. Bondan Winarno, editor-in-chief of Suara Pembaruan, author, and frequent contributor to Time, Newsweek, and The Straits Times, will moderate in Indonesia.

The meeting is open to press coverage for writers only - no cameras.
Press must arrive at the studio before 7:30 a.m.

Media representatives may cover this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a US Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center); (2) a photo ID issued by the employing media organization; or (3) a letter on official letterhead from employing organization verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo ID (valid driver’s license or passport).

Press Contacts:
Tim Gerhardson
East Asia & Public Affairs
U.S. Department of State
(202) 736-4524

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

Released on February 6, 2003

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