Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 17, 2013


Secretary of State John Kerry will release the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 2012 on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in the State Department Press Briefing Room.

Secretary Kerry will introduce the report and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook will give remarks and take questions. The report describes the state of religious freedom around the world.

Ambassador Johnson Cook will host a live chat at 1:00 p.m. on the State Department’s official Facebook page. She will answer both pre-submitted and live questions from around the world, for approximately 30 minutes.

Remarks will be open to the press. All members of the press should access the building by the 23rd Street Entrance, and be in place by 11:15 a.m.

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).

Instructions for embargoed access of the report will be available, to members of the press only, on Monday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the State Department Press Office, Room 2109. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, approximately 12:30 p.m. After the briefing, the report will be available to the public at www.HumanRights.gov.

PRESS CONTACTS:

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

For updates, follow Ambassador at Large Suzan Johnson Cook on Facebook and Twitter at @HumanRightsGov and @IRFAmbassador, or join the conversation on Twitter at #IRF12.



PRN: 2013/0600