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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 17, 2003

Special Briefing and Release of 2003 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom--December 18

Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage will release the State Departmentís 2003 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom to the public on Thursday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m. Following the Deputy Secretaryís remarks, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom John V. Hanford III will brief the press on the contents of the report and take questions. This event is on camera and on the record, and will be held in the State Departmentís press briefing room (Room 2209).

Advance Copies of the Embargoed Report

Embargoed copies of the report on CD-ROM will be available on Thursday, December 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the State Departmentís Press Office (Room 2109). A limited number of printed reports also will be available. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, approximately 11:00 a.m., December 18. The report is available on a first-come, first-served basis, one copy per media organization, and must be collected in person from Room 2109. Copies will not be reserved, mailed, faxed, or delivered to a building entrance.

Press who attend this briefing should arrive at the 23rd Street entrance (between C and D Streets, NW) and must present either (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) 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 plan to be in the briefing room 10 minutes before the briefing.

Electronic Access to the Report via Internet

The full text of the report will be available for downloading from the State Department web site at: http://www.state.gov as soon as possible after the press briefing on December 18th.

Book Form

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.


Released on December 17, 2003

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