PAS Facilitates Local Journalist Participation in African Union Summit Press Conference Call

img_3256In support of the Mission’s goal of political inclusion and in an opportunity to discuss U.S. policy in the region, eight journalists from two radio, one online and five print —daily and weekly —media properties participated in a regional press conference with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield was speaking from the site of the African Union Summit, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and accepted emailed questions from the region. Embassy Abidjan submitted approximately ten questions from the journalists, and two were addressed: the first asked about U.S. support for African security, and the second asked about the tendency in Africa to re-write constitutions in order to extend the time a government is in control. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield reviewed U.S. commitments to peace-keeping and anti-terrorism activities, and commented that the U.S. supports free and fair elections and governmental transparency, which is difficult to achieve when elections are delayed or cancelled.